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September 8- Love and Holiness at the End of the World (Romans 13:8-14)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday we will continue teaching Singing Together. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room. 

Worship Songs

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
And Can It Be
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Jesus Thank You

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Persian of Iran.

Romans 13:8-21

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Summary

Paul continues to call the Roman church to a life of love, bookending his exhortations that began in 12:1.  He says boldly, “love is the fulfilling of the law,” following the teaching of Christ.  But the call is also urgent.  This is no time for sleeping.  The day is at hand!  We are not children of the night, but sons & daughters of the new era of salvation.  Jesus is coming back.  Living a holy life that seeks to love others for the sake of Jesus Christ - this is our business.  

Review and Apply

How would living like you owe a debt of love to each person you encounter change the way you live?  Does anyone come to mind that you have "short-changed"?

How does thinking about the imminence of Christ’s return and the coming of his kingdom affect how you live day by day? What do you think it would look like to live with a sense of urgency? 

What would change in your day today if you imagined that Jesus was right before you, and you clothed yourself with Christ?