This past Sunday (8/26/18) we explored 1 John 4 and the radical idea of coming to church on Sunday to love one another! Here’s a helpful prompt along those lines from Ed Welch:
And here is the prayer that I prayed over us during communion. I hope it prompts your own prayers to be more loving!
A Prayer of Edward Pusey (1800-1882)
Good Jesus, Fountain of Love,
Fill us with thy love.
Absorb us into thy love;
Compass us with thy love,
That we may see all things in the light of thy love,
Receive all things as the token of thy love,
Speak of all things in words breathing of thy love,
Win through thy love others for thy love,
Be kindled day by day with a new glow of thy love,
Until we be fitted to enter into thine everlasting love,
To adore thy love and love to adore thee, our God and all.
Even so come, O Lord Jesus.
1 John 4.19,
As you study along with us in l John, here are some resources that you might find helpful:
If you want to buy a commentary, here are two that I have found helpful that aren’t too technical:
If you want a more technical commentary, this one by Karen Jobes has been helpful for me:
This online sermon series by John Piper is very insightful (and free!):
In this one-minute video from Pastor Larry posted by the Baptist State Convention of NC, Larry speaks to the necessity of establishing “deepening” practices in our lives that build depth in our relationship and intimacy with God. Well worth the listen.
Here’s a link to the video: https://vimeo.com/264498586
Recently, I had the chance to participate in the “Wisdom Forum” on a Friday night at SEBTS. It featured a handful of short 10 minute TED talks on a variety of topics centered about the theme of “The Good Life.”
Several of the talks seemed especially helpful to me and I wanted to pass several of the talks along to you for your encouragement. (All of the talks were helpful and can be found at the Intersect website at the link below.)
Here’s one by Matt Mullins on loving the Bible (even the poetry parts!):
Matthew Mullins: Reading, Education and the Good Life
If you would like a guide to help you reflect on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life leading up to Easter, here is a helpful free devotional from John Piper that has a brief reading for each day of this extraordinary week:
On Sunday (3/11/18) we explored the significance of Jesus’ cry in Matt. 27, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” If you would like to read more about the forsakenness/cursedness of Jesus on our behalf on the cross, this link to a sermon by R.C. Sproul is a powerful and weighty exploration of those themes.
You can read it here:
Or you can watch it here: