Redeeming Love

Storge: Family Love

The Bible gives a lot of direction for families and how we are supposed to live. God also invites us into His family and redeems ‘family love’ in our lives.

Scripture: Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 22:6

Philia: Friendship Love

There are thousands of articles, sitcoms, movies, and blogs about friendship. The Bible also mentions the notions of brotherly love, friendship, and companionship hundreds of times. Yet, for some reason, many people still have a ‘short’ list when it comes to solid, authentic friendships – including people in the church. Perhaps some people feel all they need is Jesus and therefore don’t need friends? Maybe married couples feel, ‘I found my soul mate – therefore we don’t need others that much?’ Whatever the reason, God has given us plenty of encouragement and advice about the value of friendship. This sermon reminds us that we are stronger together and provides some practical tips on how to create strong friendships.

Scripture: Hebrews 13:1, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 27:5-6, John 13:34-35, Romans 12:10, Proverbs 27:9, 1 Samuel 18:1-3

If you want to know how to have strong friendships download the “10 Simple Steps to Stronger Friendships” resource.

 

Eros: Romantic Love

We live in a hyper-sexualized culture that worships sex and says you can have sex whenever you want and whoever you want with. It’s just recreational and there are no consequences.

On the other hand, the Church is often known for being anti-sex. Many Christians view sex as an unspiritual, dirty and sinful aspect of life. Or, sex is viewed for procreation rather than for simple pleasure. Hence the Church’s tendency to idolize ‘marriage’ and ‘family’.

Thankfully, the Bible – and the Song of Songs in particular (which is erotic love poetry!) – corrects and redeems both of these distorted views of sex and puts forward the Biblical notion that sex is incredibly beautiful, good and powerful within the context of a committed marriage between a male and female. Yet, sex isn’t an end in and of itself — it’s to point us to the larger love story of Jesus who loves us (whether single or married!) better than any human husband or wife ever can.

Scripture: Song of Songs 4-5

Agape

Love is a powerful word that illicits a mixed range of emotions – some wonderful, others painful. And often our culture confuses the different meanings of love. We usually think of love as just a romantic feeling. Yet, in the Bible, the ultimate type of love – Divine love – is the Greek word ‘agape’. Agape love is God’s unselfish, sacrificial, unconditional, and generous love. In this part of the Bible, John says when someone is living and giving this kind of agape love you will know they are the real deal – a follower of this Jesus who died for us on the cross giving the ultimate example of true love.

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-12