Biblical love in a post-modern world
2 Tim. 3:5ff – the Central Issue: Mt.24:12
The “New” Pre-evangelism:
1 Cor. 13:13 – Christianity 101: vague, materialism, compromised
The Future? Difficult to “Christianize” – need a ‘love’ vocabulary.
Ankenman’s Love Therapy
Background – Mt. 7:16
Best model – other approaches unhelpful.
The greatest cause for sickness is emotional
Love (&behavior) is irrational – but not lawless.
Victorious Love Output: Viewpoint, not reactions matter.
Little Boy & Mommy: the courage to face the world
Diffuse / Tribal
Work Subs / Work for Loves: Tribal
What makes love so important?
** IN 2 WEEKS: CATALOG OF ‘LOVE VERSES’ WITH RELEVANT EXEGESIS
Establishing Love outside the Trinity: What a price to pay!
1 Tim. 3:16
Love is an Ethical Issue: Sin, Holiness, Chaos, Depravity
“Salvation” in its many phases: redemption, justification, identification, regeneration, mortification, sanctification, glorification. All concerning the development of love.
Love as holiness: life, value, law, ethical hierarchy, Christian living, loving God
Straddling two worlds: authentic love, counterfeit love
Permanent Love Values à Present Love Feelings
God’s Identity means “Significance”
God jealously guards His significance
Jealousy: God vs. Us (see 1Co. 12:31)
God’s Victory: all creation proclaiming his significance
EMOTIONAL IMPACT: “I feel loved when I love…”
The Significance of Significance
What is it?
Do I need it?
I get it at work!
How do I get it?
Polarities of Growth
Useless / Significance