How to Love Unconditionally

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 ESV
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This is a beautiful portion of Scripture of love.

I want to focus on verses 4-6 and focus on the lifestyle that God has invited us into. “Agape” is an ancient Hebrew word that means a divine love, a God love, that is to shape our life.

Instagram Isn’t Real

Judah Smith

Timothy is a great leader and his mentor is Paul who had previously been a religious thug (Saul).

One of the churches Paul planted was where he found Timothy. From there, Timothy played Robin to Paul’s Batman. Timothy led a church that was believed to be the size of 15,000. That’s like a church of millions today. Timothy was a high capacity leader.

1 & 2 Timothy are letters that Paul wrote to Timothy. Let’s jump in:

David’s Big Hit

Judah Smith

Psalm 139:1-24 ESV 

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

Isn’t that beautiful? Today I want to teach to you on the subject of David’s big hit. Turn to your neighbor and say, “I think this talk is for you.”

Anybody here not like music? That you honestly don’t like music? Pretty much everyone likes music. They say, “Music is the language of the soul.” I don’t know what that means, but it sounds good.

Fatal Attraction

Judah Smith, The City Church

James 1:16-18 ESV
Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

I want to speak to you this morning about fatal attraction.

Have you ever had one of those days that was just a bad day? You wake up late, had a bad dream, you don’t have a dog to kick because he ran away… just one of those bad days? How many of you have ever had a bad day?

What Just Happened?

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2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Isn’t that beautiful? This message is titled, “What Just Happened?” Turn to your neighbor and ask that question. “What just happened?

Anybody have kids? I talk about my kids a lot. Do you remember the experience of bringing home your first child from the hospital? It’s a rush. Our firstborn, Zion (age 9), was six weeks early. For two weeks he had to stay in the hospital in the incubator and we had to stay in a hotel across the street.

The Right Time

Romans 5:6-8, 10
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This is arguably the greatest collection of verses in demonstrating and declaring God’s extraordinary and vast love for us. The title of this message is “The Right Time.” Turn to your neighbor and tell them that it is the right time.

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [Part 7]

Judah Smith, The City Church

Matthew 5:17
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

I love that word “fulfill.” Jesus is the fulfiller. He is the ultimate source of satisfaction for each and every human who will ever live. This series is about the hole in the human heart that can only be filled by God. You, the created, have a soul designed to be anchored to the creator. No matter your bank account, job, or whatever your satisfaction is in God.

We’ve looked at some amazing stories of Jesus fulfilling the law of the prophets and being the hope for humanity. Today we will read about a man who was hurting and experienced the healing of Jesus.

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [Part 6]

Rest Area

Matthew 5:17 (ESV) is the verse for our current teaching series:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Jesus is the fulfillment that humanity is looking for. We’ve been looking at stories where people learned that Jesus was the fulfillment of life. The insides of who we are has a God space that only He can feel.

I hope that no matter the difficulties and challenges you face you know that there is a God who loves you, guaranteed. There is a God who you can anchor your soul to that no matter what happens you can experience true satisfaction in life. That’s what we’ve been centering these weeks around.

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [Part 5]

Judah Smith

Matthew 5:17
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Jesus is a fulfiller. He is the ultimate and genuine satisfaction we can experience. I believe there is a hole in your heart that only God can fill. I believe you will find true rest and contentment when you find God.

We’ve been looking at some unlikely people Jesus has had encounters with.

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [Part 4]

Judah Smith

Matthew 5:17
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Jesus is a fulfiller. He’s the fulfiller of the prophecies, but he is also the ultimate satisfaction of the human soul. In Him, you can find what you are looking for.

We have used Matthew 5:17 and used it as a platform to view Jesus’ interactions with people.