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The Healthy Church – Part 4

“THE HEALTHY CHURCH – PART 4”

[ENCOURAGING OVER COMPLAINING]

REVIEW/INTRO: God wants His church/body/bride to be healthy, which requires the members to have a series of priorities in order:

  1. Connected Over Disconnected (1Cor. 12:12-26)
  2. Serving Over Being Served (Matt. 20:28)
  3. Deferring Over Demanding (Rom. 12:10; Matt. 16:24-27)
  4. ENCOURAGING OVER COMPLAINING (today’s message)

I. THE CALL TO LOVE.

  1. Loving God & others – great commandment (Mt. 22:35-40).
  2. Loving others is evidence that we know God and have experienced His love (1Jn. 4:7-8, 12).
  3. Loving one another should be a very high priority (1Pet. 4:8; Col. 3:12-14; 1Cor. 13:13).
  4. One way love is expressed is through our words.

II. THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS.

  1. Your words have the power of life & death (Prov. 18:21).
  2. Salvation comes through your words (Rom. 10:9-10)!
  3. Your words can control your life (Ja. 3:2-12)!

III. CHARACTERISTICS OF SPEAKING LOVE.

  1. Love should be both in word and deed (1Jn. 3:17-18).
  2. Loving God focuses on thanksgiving over complaining.
  3. Loving others focuses on encouraging over complaining.

IV. LOVING OTHERS WITH OUR WORDS.

  1. Requires focusing more on others & less on self (Phil. 2:4).
  2. Only speak words that build others up (Eph. 4:29).
  3. Do everything without complaining/arguing (Phil. 2:14-15).
  4. Jesus’ prayer for unity (Jn. 17:22-23).
  5. The call to work at unity (Eph. 4:1-3; Rom. 12:18; 14:19).

V. LOVING GOD WITH OUR WORDS.

  1. Israel’s complaining (Ex. 15:24-25; 16:2-12; 17:1-3; Num. 14:1-4).
  2. God’s response (Num. 11:1; 14:26-38; 17:5, 10).
  3. Let’s learn from their example (1Cor. 10:10-11; 1Thess. 5:18).

CONCLUSION: Let’s love God by being thankful and love others by being encouraging!