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Called to Love

September 14, 2018
By Dr. Jeff Pratt

Our theme for the 2018-2019 School Year is “Called to Love” and the primary text from Scripture for this theme is 1 John 4:7-21.  This is an extraordinary passage of Scripture that we are challenging our whole CCS community (from kids to grandparents) to memorize over the school year.

There are many important truths in these 15 verses which are thus packed into the meaning behind our “theme” for this school year.  .

Here are some thoughts for you to ponder as you begin pouring over these verses.

1. The kind of love we are “called” to receive and to experience is sourced in God; not in people (1 John 4:7,10, 17, 19)

2. If people have not received this love which comes only from God, they will not be able love others the way God intends (1 John 4:8, 20, 21).

3. The TriUne God’s true and perfect love is revealed to us by God the Father in His Son Jesus Christ (who is God the Son a member of the Trinity).  This revelation of God’s love took place when Jesus entered our world (Christmas), and also through His sacrifice to remove our sin (Easter). Our sin precludes us from receiving and experiencing God’s love (1 John 4:9-10, 14)

4. God’s “Call to Love” is an invitation to receive Jesus and become a “new creation” in Him, so that “…it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20b; see also 1 John 4:16-17).

There are actually several very helpful Scripture memory Apps for your phone which will help you practice and review these 15 verses over and over, as God’s Living Word enters your mind, your heart and soul.  Let’s memorize this material together!

Here are some great app's to check out that will help you with scripture memorization!

Remember Me
Bible Memory Verses
Sripture Memory Bible