God Put You First
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We know that not going to Hell is a motivator for loving God (Matthew 10:28).
1. No one should want to see God’s wrath (Deuteronomy 4:24, Psalms 76:7, Nahum 1:6, and Hebrews 10:26-31).
2. If you don’t love Him, which is obedience (IJohn 5:2-3), you will see His wrath (Ephesians 5:6).
B. Consider though, while fear is certainly an acceptable motivator (IICorinthians 7:1, Philippians 2:12, and IPeter 2:17), God wants other things to motivate us too…
1. Faith, love, hope, etc. should motivate us (Romans 8:24-25, ICorinthians 13:13, Galatians 5:6, Ephesians 3:17, Hebrews 11:7, etc.).
2. Thus, let’s consider what God did for us so that our obedience isn't only driven by fear (IICorinthians 5:14-15).
II. Body: I John 4:9-10
A. His love is a motivator for us (IJohn 4:19).
1. Those who are forgiven of much (Luke 7:36-47)…
2. …WE act like it (ICorinthians 15:9-10).
B. His love is an example for us (Ephesians 5:1-2).
1. The obedience of Christ is an example of love (John 15:9-14).
2. The brotherly love of Jesus is an example for us (John 13:34-35).
3. The love of God is an example of selflessness (Philippians 2:3-8).
C. Consider some realities of God putting us first (Romans 5:6-10).
1. His consideration for our salvation was/is more than we care for ourselves (Titus 3:3-4).
2. In many ways, Him putting Himself out for us (Matthew 20:28) is a role reversal (John 12:25-26).
3. Mankind didn’t/doesn’t deserve what God has/will do for us (IITimothy 1:9).
4. How long-suffering and merciful (Psalms 86:15) He was/is in putting our need above His purpose of creating us (cf. Revelation 4:11).
5. Consider the price God paid in putting us first (Romans 8:31-32 and IPeter 3:18).
III. Conclusion: He Did More Than His Part, Now We Have To Live Our Part (IJohn 3:1-10).
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