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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Ephesians 3:17

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I. "THAT YOU BEING ROOTED AND GROUNDED IN LOVE."
A. That our roots go down deep in the love of Jesus Christ.
1. It is through the roots that the tree draws its source for life.
2. The tree is nourished through the root system.
3. We draw from the love of Jesus our life sustaining powers.
B. It is interesting that when Jesus wrote to the church of Ephesus some thirty years later, writing through John in the book of Revelation Jesus said, "I have this against thee in that thou hast left thy first love."
1. The very thing that Paul was praying for them within a generation was gone.
2. When God is zeroing in on an area in your life, it is because he knows where Satan is going to launch his attack upon your life.
3. They say to be forwarned is to be forarmed, but this is only true if we heed the warning.
C. Paul is praying that they may also be grounded in love. Love is truly the foundation of Christianity.
1. Jesus said, "By this shall men know that you are My disciples, that you love one another."
2. Without this love all my spiritual manifestations are meaningless.
3. John tells us that it is not just verbalizing. There are many people who know the right things to say. They have the spiritual jargon down pat. The problem is, it is all words.
a. To hear some people talk, you would think that they are spiritual giants.
b. All talk, no walk.
c. John said, "Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth. And herby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him."
4. The reality of your Christian faith is proved by your love.
a. "We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethern."
1JO 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1JO 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.
1JO 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
1JO 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
1JO 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
1JO 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1JO 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
1JO 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1JO 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
1JO 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
1JO 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
1JO 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1JO 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
1JO 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1JO 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
1JO 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
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