All Saints Sunday, so the theme is
To Love and to Be Loved: No. 9 The People of God
It is a celebration of who we are as the People of God, what joy it is to be part of his People
(pray for his people in Kondoa too, sharing all they have received at the Conference with those back in their villages!).
Again, as the People of God we will Love as we are called to be people who Love; and will know that we are (be)Loved, because we are called by his name, live in Him and with Him as his people. Let your hair down – celebrate what it is to be his redeemed people, part of all the saints alive now and in Glory!
We are Gods people chosen by Him.
He constantly shows how much He loves us.
We are His Saints his Bride
Exodus 6 2-9
John 3 16 – 36
will also use
Psalm 59 16-17
- The people of God, who or what are they?
God has picked you and me to be his people; He did so to show how much he loves us.
A young child at school was being picked on by others at the school
They said you are adopted your parents don’t want you
He replied yes I am adopted but my parents choose me yours didn’t they just had what came.
God hasn’t just been stuck with you He choose you,
He didn’t have to but he did.
It is then our choice if we stay within that family.
Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.
- You are special, God sees you as his treasure and what is a treasure?
1. Accumulated or stored wealth in the form of money, jewels, or other valuables.
2. Valuable or precious possessions of any kind.
3. One considered especially precious or valuable.
1. To keep or regard as precious; value highly.
2. To accumulate and store away, as for future use.
SO God sees you as valuable, precious, something to look after for the future.
Not as so many think of themselves, they see themselves as worthless, valueless or useless, God knows your worth and knows when it will be useful in the future.
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
God loves you that much see’s that you are worth so much that He gave up himself for you
He paid in blood for you
- What would you pay for someone’s life?
So we can see that God loves His people and that we are His people.
But just stop and think about this.
The Bible tells us that God created us in the beginning and tells of all He has done over the years to bring His people to Him.
Its not just us who are His people but all people throughout time.
I love Doctor Who, and he seems to have a soft spot for Earth and humans always turning up to help. But even he only helps a few and he never seems to have a love for them rather more a pity for them.
God loves all humans throughout time and in all places.
He loves the Afghans, the Jews, the Arabs, the French, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Nazi’s and on and on. He loves the Catholics, the Baptists, the Muslims and on and on.
Jesus talked about who is your neighbour and told us to love them as you would want to be loved.
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
To Love and be Loved
- Yes not all people become Saints, part of Gods church, but all are part of His People.
9 So Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.
However so many have ended up like this unable to hear the voice of the One who loves them any more.
Lost in slavery to fear, other gods, greed, power, status, etc..
“Therefore, say to the people of Israel: ‘I am the Lord. I will free you from your oppression and will rescue you from your slavery
God loves each of His people so much that He wants to set us free from the things which enslave us.
I will redeem you with a powerful arm and great acts of judgment. 7 I will claim you as my own people, and I will be your God
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,
This is what the Saints throughout history have found, from Abram to Paul from Job to Lazarus
For a long time after coming to faith I looked at the history I knew and thought that for a lot of time there were no saints of God around, particularly during the medieval ages.
Yes there was the odd great person which the church or the people seemed to reviver but then a couple of years ago I was reading a book about an Italian merchant. In it there where many of his letters those he sent and those he received, a friend of his wrote concerned about his soul and his standing with God, this friend, not a church man, wanted the merchant to change his ways think about others and not just himself.
This made me stop and think.
Even then in 14th century Italy where it seems God was no where to be seen He was still there, in a country ravished by plague war and hunger a place where the popes where more interested in taking power to rival kings than in preaching Gods word.
There was one of Gods Saints expressing his love for another by telling him that he needed to change that he needed to think of more than himself, that God loved him even if the merchant didn’t know or care.
- John 3
29 It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the best man is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. 30 He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
AT a wedding there is a lot of love, the love of the parents for there children the love of family and friends for those getting married and then the love of those getting married the man and woman.
All this love flows from the happy couple, there happiness and love fills everyone else.
We are the bride and Jesus is the Groom, our love for each other should touch all those around us in the same way.
We can not say that God loves us and not love Him back and if we have that two way love then it will touch all of those around us just as it does at a wedding.
16 But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.
Just as a married couple support each other bring joy to each other find strength in each other so we the People of God the Bride of Christ find strength, joy and support in God.
People are looking for fellowship and answers
The Sunday Assembly – dedicated to providing “the best of church but without God” – was on the latest stop of its UK tour.
Spilling out through the open door of the 400-year-old church came voices united in a rendering of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now.
Inside, a couple of hundred people – average age about 35 – clapped rhythmically, swaying in the venerable pews.
But for the choice of music it was just like a certain sort of church.
- To finish
We are the people of God the bride of Christ His saints, we need to encourage and learn from each other and all those who have gone before, to show the love we all have for God
How do we do that?
In twos and threes or more
In our cell groups where we can share our own concerns and questions and learn together Loving and receiving Love
If you are not in one please think about joining one it is where Gods people support each other.
In Church where we get to grow together and praise Him in love
From Christian books & radio where we can hear of His love for others
From working with other groups of Saints like Robert and …. In Kondoa
In our local zone
Worshiping with other saints in other churches
From the Groom, from Jesus who left His spirit to guide us.
When the people around us see us doing that then they see that we Love as we are Loved
Let us pray