Introducing the

August sermon series

            In 1928, H.B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey started his own candy business in the basement of his Hershey, Pennsylvania home.  His most profitable line of candy combined the Hershey chocolate of his former employer and peanut butter he purchased at the store.  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have become a household favorite around the world since their introduction nearly a century ago.

During the month of August I want to combine two items and create a great sermon series for the church.  Those two items are “positive” and “love.”  This is not a juicy sermon series about marriage or dating, nor is it about eating more chocolate (sorry).  It is a series that looks at what it means to display positive love in our daily lives.  I want to Ephesians four the church.  That’s right; we are going to look at what Paul writes in Ephesians chapter four and how it applies to the church.  We are not in the business of making candy, but it is our desire to make disciples who are fully devoted to the Lord and that is best done by combining “positive” and “love.”  Join me on this four week adventure through Ephesians chapter four.

 

August 4th       Title: Positive Love has a Common Bond: Jesus                    Text: Ephesians 4:1-6

Theme: Our unity comes through the love of Christ.

August 11th     Title: Positive Love has a common Passion: maturity          Text: Ephesians 4:7-16

Theme: Our passion is to see people grow in Christ.

August 18th     Title: Positive Love has a common Culture: goodness       Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Theme: Our impact comes through living for Christ.

August 25th     Title: Positive Love has a common Language: truth           Text: Ephesians 4:25-32

Theme: Our ambition is to speak just like Christ.

August 4th       Title: Positive Love has a common bond: Jesus                      Text: Ephesians 4:1-6

Theme: Our unity comes through the love of Christ.

What is it that brings a group of people together?  Sometimes it is the love of a football team.  Sometimes it is the love of a favorite style of car.  Sometimes it is a love for a favorite restaurant.  When it comes to the church; what is the common bond that holds us together?  The Ephesians four answer is Jesus Christ.  The apostle Paul talks about maintaining the unity of the Spirit that comes through the bond of peace.  It is our love for Christ that brings us together as a congregation.  Positive Love focuses on loving God and loving others through Christ.

August 11th     Title: Positive Love has a common passion: maturity          Text: Ephesians 4:7-16

Theme: Our passion is to see people grow in Christ.

Passion is one of those words that can get us into trouble if we are not careful.  Being passionate about candy, clothes or cars can have a negative effect on our lives.  On the other hand, passion can have a positive effect when placed on the right items.  The apostle Paul moves on in Ephesians chapter four to talk about growing up in Christ.  We should no longer settle for being infants tossed about by everything we hear and see.  As Christians we should strive to grow in our faith every day.  Positive Love focuses on helping one another grow in Christ.

August 18th     Title: Positive Love has a common culture: goodness       Text: Ephesians 4:17-24

Theme: Our impact comes through living for Christ.

One of the biggest complaints that people have about Christians stems from our imperfections.  People look at Christians as nothing more than a bunch of hypocrites.  Those words can sting if you let them, but they can also challenge us to live a more godly life.  The Apostle Paul deals with goodness or holiness in Ephesians chapter four.  He says that Christians should live as children of the light instead of indulging in every kind of impurity.  If we want to impact lives for God, then we need to create a culture where goodness is the rule instead of the exception.  Positive Love focuses on living for Christ by doing what is right and positive all the time.

August 25th     Title: Positive Love has a common language: truth            Text: Ephesians 4:25-32

Theme: Our ambition is to speak just like Christ.

The old line from the movie reminds us that some people cannot handle the truth.  When they ask us a question, they are not looking for the truth.  They want us to tell them what they want to hear.  Paul tells us to speak the truth in love here in Ephesians chapter four.  We are to speak truthfully to our neighbors.  That is not always easy or welcomed.  Jesus had that ability to speak the truth in such a way that it built people up.  Positive Love focuses on speaking the truth in love just like Jesus did.