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AUGUST SERMON SERIES          
SUNDAY'S BEGINNING AUGUST 5             9am Gray Summit — 10:30am Union

Series Overview: According to Charles Wesley, Love is the “nature and… name” of God. Continuing with the text of Wesley’s epic hymn, “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown,” God is not just “Love,” but “pure, Universal Love,” whose mercies move “to me, to all.” Therefore, the movement of love in the human community can be understood to be the movement of the Spirit as an offering of love for all people.

Week 1: August 5             Build One Another Up...in Love.
Ephesians 4:1-16

In the first week, Paul stresses the need for unity—not that all will be the same, but that all people have different gifts that complement each other and can be used in building up the entire body in love.

Week 2: August 12            Live...in Love.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2

In the second week, we are called to a very difficult task: “Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (Eph. 5:1-2, NRSV). What does it mean to imitate God? Earlier in this passage, Paul gives a helpful list of actions to consider.

Week 3: August 19            Give Thanks...in Love.
Ephesians 5:15-20
Week three encourages a return of love from the people to God by giving thanks and being filled with the Spirit.

Week 4: August 26            Move...in Love
Ephesians 6:10-20
Lastly, the well-known passage related to the “whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11, NRSV) even has its groundings in love. Notice all the parts of the armor are not intended for violence, but living out the love of God—in truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the Spirit. We tend to focus upon the warlike images in this last passage, but the things they represent obviously point toward the love of God. In addition, the image of “standing” doesn’t necessarily mean “standing still.” This is an act of preparation, of getting up and getting ready.


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