Sermon Follow Up to Knowing Christ Love

This past Sunday we got back into our Ephesians series and I preached from Ephesians 3:14-21 where Paul lays out the biggest, hairiest and most audacious goal that a person could have for their lives: knowing and showing the love of Christ.  The more Jesus’ love gets in you, the more love will come out of you.  To help you grow in knowing the incomprehensible, but life shaping love of Christ, I’d recommend these three spiritual disciplines:

1. Pray

We can’t know God’s love without God showing us His love.  And so, if you want to grow in understanding God’s love for you in Christ, you have to start on your knees.  No sermon, scripture, or conversation will have much lasting effect if God doesn’t open up your mind and heart to receive what he is saying.

Do you regularly pray that God would teach you more about his love?

2.  Read

Jesus said that all of scripture is about him. (John 5:39)  And so, if you want to get to know him better, read about who God has revealed him to be in the Bible.  Also, read good books that will help you understand more about how to study scripture, so that you can learn about Christ and books that help unpack what the Bible teaches about Christ.

Books to help you read

  1. Dig Deeper by Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach  

  2. Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson

  3. Gospel Centered Hermeneutics by Graeme Goldsworthy

 

Books to stir your affections for Jesus

  1. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper

  2. Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson

  3. A bruised reed by Richard Sibbes

3.  Listen

What we put into our ears makes up much of the content of what is on our minds.  Put your commute, or walking the dog, or trip to the grocery store, or workout to good use by listening to sermons or worship music.  

Some of my favorite preachers

  1. John Piper

  2. Tim Keller

  3. Mark Dever

  4. CJ Mahaney

Some of my favorite worship bands

  1. Sovereign Grace Music

  2. Indelible Grace

  3. Shane and Shane

4.  Talk

God has designed us to be relational creatures who grow through communicating with one another.  How often do you talk about what you are reading in your personal bible study?  What you learned through Sunday’s sermon?  What God is showing you about himself (and yourself) recently?  Some of my sweetest times of learning about Christ love have come through soul sharpening conversations with brothers and sisters in Christ.  As Christians, don’t just shoot the breeze!  Go deep and be blessed.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Jeff

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