Thursday, June 30, 2016

Learning How To Love Jesus

Learning How To Love Jesus More

By Dr. Norman R. Wise

"(22) If anyone does not love the Lord (Jesus the Messiah), he is to be accursed. Maranatha."   [1 Corinthians 16:22 NASB]


"(37) "He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me."
[Matthew 10:37 NASB]


"(15) So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Tend My lambs." (16) He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" He said to Him, "Yes, Lord; You know that I love You." He said to him, "Shepherd My sheep." (17) He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Tend My sheep." [John 21:15-17 NASB]


I.  Love comes from greater faith

"(6) For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love." [Galatians 5:6 NASB]

II.  Faith comes from hearing the good news.  The story of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit creates greater faith in us. 

"(17) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." [Romans 10:17 NASB]

III.  Seeing Jesus – Objectively

Read one of the gospels a chapter a day and journal each day any insight about Jesus this gives you.

Jesus the King Study Guide: Exploring the Life and Death of the Son of God by Tim Keller

Read a commentary with the gospel you read.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible by Matthew Henry

The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah; by Alfred Edersheim

Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ; by Robert H. Stein

Watch movies about Jesus

The new Jesus film (2013) -

Read books about Jesus the Messiah and defending the faith

The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus Lee Strobel

New Evidence of Jesus’ existence

12 Facts about Jesus

IV.  Seeing Jesus Subjectively

Art focused on Jesus

Songs focused on praying and praising Jesus

10 Amazing Songs About Jesus

Writing Your Jesus Journal

Begin with birth and write on how Jesus has helped you in your life.  Your experiences with Jesus in various ways. 

*    Your first encounter with Jesus as your Savior and Lord

*    Any healings from Jesus
o   Physical
o   Emotional
o   Spiritual

*    List the things that most impress you about Jesus Christ.  Read this to yourself 6 times a day for 90 days

Seeking a personal encounter with Jesus Christ

*    List of questions you would like to ask Jesus and then ask him.
*    Pray to Jesus and ask for a revelation of him to your soul
*    Come to church seeking to see Jesus
*    Devote time to just sitting at the feet of Jesus
*    When you read the Bible ask to see Jesus in the reading
*    How to Worship Jesus Christ: Experiencing His Manifest Presence Daily by Joseph S. Carroll  (Author), John F. MacArthur Jr. (Foreword)


"(1) See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (2) Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (3) And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." [1 John 3:1-3 NASB]

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