Loved by God

—Ephesians 3:14–21

  • Andrew Fountain – June 30, 2019

No Shame: Genesis 2

  • Man and woman were created perfect with no shame
  1. The man and his wife were both naked, but they were not ashamed.

Shame: Genesis 3

  1. Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
  2. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the orchard.
  3. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
  4. The man replied, “I heard you moving about in the orchard, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”

Answers to Failure:

  • Boost your self esteem
  • Repeat 100 times a day
    • “I am a wonderful person. I am very gifted and it is an honour to be my friend.”
  • But the problem is that I know I am a mess
  • Underneath I am a dirty dog, if people could really see me!

1. God loves me through Jesus

  • God’s love for me is unconditional!
  • He looks at me but sees Jesus instead
  • What’s the problem with this idea?
  • I am loved, but please don’t look too closely!

2. God loves beautiful me

  • I don’t disappoint God because now he doesn’t demand anything from me!
  • God loves me and now I am under grace, so I can never fail
  • I just enjoy being the new beautiful person that I now am
  • What’s the problem?

3. God really does love me!

  • God sees looks right through you and sees the core “you” and loves you.
  • He sees your failures, but they are nothing compared with how much he loves you.
  • He does care about the mess but loves you far more
  • He is sometimes does not like what you do, but his love is 100 times greater

Jesus and Peter

  • Wanting to call fire down from heaven on the Samaritans
  • Asking for a promise that he could have the best seat in the kingdom
  • Ordering Jesus not to go to Jerusalem
    • “Get behind me Satan”
  • Cutting off the hight priest’s servant’s ear
  • Incident at Jesus’ transfiguration
  • Boasting that he would be more loyal than all the other disciples
  • Did Jesus love him?

Jesus loved Peter

  • He didn’t ignore his failures
  • But his love was 1000 times greater
  • says “Satan wants to sift you Peter, but I have prayed for you”
  • He was committed to restoring Peter (and did!)

Luke 22

  1. Then he said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer”

Ephesians 3

  1. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
  2. from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
  3. that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

Ephesians 3 cont’d

  1. so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
  2. may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
  3. and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

We are his joy!

  • …looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Heb 12:2]
  • Look to Jesus now!