The texts this week are 1 John 3:16-24 and 1 John 4:16-18. The subject is overcoming shame through believing the truth and receiving the love of God. The Worship theme is God’s love and grace shown to us in Jesus and the visual theme is the cross, where that love was poured out.
Here is the link to the YouTube video: 151004 Heart Prep
Poor Sinner Dejected by Fear
All Things New – Peterson
Your Great Name – Natalie Grant
Carried to the Table – Leeland
Holy Spirit (You are Welcome Here) – Hillsong
Shame – Fernando Ortega
If I Be a Father – David Jackson
Arise My Soul Arise – Twila Paris
Christ is Risen – Matt Maher
Scripture for Meditation:
1 John 3:16-24 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. By this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:16-18 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.