Essay on We Don 't Make Your Love Increase

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The survey came in overwhelming for this week to cover the topic of reaching out to the community. Let me lay out this article of faith right out of the gate. We don 't bring anyone to faith, that is the work of the Holy Spirit. As the Apostle Paul points out in 1 Corinthians, "Because of this, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but the only one who is anything is God who makes it grow."

The place any outreach initiative begins is on bended knee with prayer. You see that in the Apostle Paul 's words to the church in Thessalonica. There are three critical parts of this prayer that become the starting place for the church seeking to connect with its community.

Paul prays that they might have their love increase (v.12) May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
Paul makes an interesting request. “May the Lord make your love increase”
What was Paul’s goal for asking this: so “he strengthen your hearts”
How is this goal accomplished? 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
Our love increases by us showing love for others, both inside and outside the body of Christ, the church. Isn’t that simplicity and the difficulty of the call to be a church engaged in the mission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You see love, is not just some mushy emotion but it is grounded in mercy and service, as a vehicle…

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