Ecclesia – Love is the Heart of the Church

A healthy church needs Love. But what and who do we love? Join us in-person or online at 10:30 this week as Pastor Greg preaches on why a healthy church needs love.

Service Livestream

Sermon Audio


Click HERE to download this week’s sermon notes

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:34-35)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Trinity Knot png images | PNGWing    1. Love ____________. 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:9-10)  (Mark 12:30-31)

A Church that Loves _________ is marked by: 

  • Surrender to Jesus 
  • Submission to the Leading of the Holy Spirit
  • Uncompromising Gospel
  • Leading in Prayer
  • Hope
  • Readiness to show Grace and Mercy

    2. Love _______________. 

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd… (Matthew 9:35-38) 

A Church that Loves __________ is marked by: 

  • Compassion
  • Seeing
  • Praying
  • Matthew 9:9-13 Matthews bring Matthews

Person Icon Png Transparent posted by Andrew Joseph   3. Love ______________________. 

Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. (Romans 12:3)

A Church that Loves ______________ is marked by: 

  • Healthy Self-Awareness (Philippians 2:3-4, Galatians 6:3)
  • Gratitude for other Ministers (2 Thessalonians 1:3)
  • Encouragement (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
  • Accountability (Proverbs 27:17, Galatians 6:1-2)

Digging Deeper

Q1: Share about a time when your church encouraged you through their love. 

Q2: Of the qualities of a church that loves God listed in #1, which two or three qualities do you struggle with most? How can you improve in these areas?

Q3: Read Mark 12:30-31. In what ways are you being led by the Holy Spirit to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength?

Q4: Read Matthew 9:9-13. How might Jesus’ calling of Matthew give us hope for unbelievers we know who seem unreachable with the gospel? 

Q5: The word “Think” is used twice in Romans 12:3. How can the mind contribute to either a healthy or unhealthy view of ourselves?

Q6: Is there an area of ministry at AVBC that you feel led to be involved in? What is holding you back?

Q7: Prayerfully plan a way to encourage one other person from AVBC this week.