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Reverend Jay Therrell, President pro tempore of the Global Methodist Church, Florida Conference, will be preaching at our service on July 14th. Please join us in welcoming him to Belle Isle Community Church.

Red Letter Living

So Loved - Trusting in the love of Jesus.

jUly 14, 2024 | Reverend Jay Therrell

John 5:24,

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.

“Sooner or later, all of us are involved in some kind of wreck – it may be your own fault or someone else’s. When the damage is your fault, there’s a good chance you’ll be confronted by the flashing blue lights of the morality police. But my father gave me a deeper understanding of what it means to experience the loving, forgiving embrace of my heavenly Father.”

-Anne Graham Lotz

John 5:18,

For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him...

God the Father and Jesus are equal

•Jesus is the Messiah – our Savior

• We’re called to be obedient to Him

John 5:19-23,

Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does...

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.

Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.

Colossians 3:3,

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 3:12-14,

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

The saving love Jesus has for us is always at work – it never stops

Exodus 20:8-10a,

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…

“He rested from creation; his higher works of judgment and mercy and compassion and love still went on.”

-William Barclay

Jesus’ love is saving and victorious for all of us

John 5:24,

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

What does it mean to believe in Jesus?

• We understand Jesus is love and we’re entering into a new relationship with Him where fear is banished

• We accept the life that Jesus offers us however difficult it might be or whatever sacrifices it might involve

• We accept the guidance and strength that Jesus gives us every single day as we follow Him wherever He leads us

What’s the benefit of receiving Jesus’ never condemning love?

• We enter into a new relationship with God

• We enter into a new relationship with our neighbors

• We enter into a new relationship with ourselves

“I know Vaughn. He’s a pastor in San Diego now, and he takes people into the dumps in Tijuana where kids are picking through the garbage. I was just with Vaughn in Tijuana. We would walk in the city, and these kids would run up to him, and he would show such deep love and affection for them. He’d hug them and have gifts and food for them. He’d figure out how to get them showers…It was eerie: the whole time I was walking with Vaughn, I kept thinking, If Jesus was on earth, I think this is what it would feel like to walk with Him. He just loved everyone he ran into, and he would tell them about God. People were just drawn to his love and affection. The day I spent with Vaughn was the closest thing I’ve ever experienced to walking with Jesus.”

-From Francis Chan’s Sermon

Think Hard, Stay Humble