AUGUST 20, 2006
“ENJOYING THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S LOVE”
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 5:1-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS 5:10 (KJV)
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to
God by the death of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
How often have we disliked
or even hated something that we have never tried but
once we did try it we found that we loved it.
It is often this way with our love for God.
There may have been a day when we may have been
indifferent towards God all the way to hating God.
But when we allowed God to enter our lives our
attitude or love, towards Him changed and should be
even changing still.
But the love of God towards us never changes, we are
only able to enjoy the fullness of His love more and
more as we draw closer to Him.
God is love.
I JOHN 4:8 (KJV)
He that loveth not knoweth
not God; for God is love.
I JOHN 4:16 (KJV)
And we have known and believed the love that God
hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in
love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
God is the completeness of
As God is without limit or boundaries so the Love He
has towards us is without limit or boundaries.
We fail to understand or experience the fullness of
God’s love because we are limited.
There are three major changes in enjoying the love
GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS.
WE BEGAN ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE ACCEPT HIM AS
WE CAN ONLY ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE IN ITS FULLNESS IN
I. GOD LOVED US WHEN WE WERE STILL SINNERS.
ROMANS 5:6-8 (NASB)
For while we were still helpless, at the right time
Christ died for the ungodly. For one will
hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for
the good man someone would dare even to die. But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
A. IT WAS GOD’S LOVE THAT DREW US TO HIM.
JEREMIAH 31:3 (KJV)
The LORD hath appeared of
old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an
everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have
I drawn thee.
Being unaware of God’s love
did not lesson His love for us; it just kept us from
enjoying His love.
It was like having a secret admirer who would send
us gifts but we didn’t know where they came from.
Often times we would fail to see them as gifts.
HOSEA 11:1-4 (NLT)
"When Israel was a child, I loved him as a son, and
I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called
to him, the more he rebelled, offering sacrifices to
the images of Baal and burning incense to idols.
It was I who taught Israel how to walk, leading him
along by the hand. But he doesn't know or even care
that it was I who took care of him. I led
Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I
lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped
to feed him.
B. HE SENT OTHERS TO TELL US OF HIS LOVE.
God loved us so much that
He sent others to invite us to come to Him and enjoy
the blessings of His love.
JEREMIAH 35:15 (NLT) I have sent you prophet
after prophet to tell you to turn from your wicked
ways and to stop worshiping other gods, so that you
might live in peace here in the land I gave to you
and your ancestors. But you would not listen to me
God loved us so much that He sent others to warn us
of coming judgment of sin.
EZEKIEL 33:10-11 (NLT) "Son of man, give the
people of Israel this message: You are saying, `Our
sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can
we survive?' As surely as I live, says the
Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of
wicked people. I only want them to turn from their
wicked ways so they can live. Turn! Turn from your
wickedness, O people of Israel! Why should you die?
God love for us allowed Him to use adversity to turn
us to Him.
HOSEA 6:1-3 (NLT)
"Come, let us return to
the LORD! He has torn us in pieces; now he will heal
us. He has injured us; now he will bandage our
wounds. In just a short time, he will restore
us so we can live in his presence. Oh, that we
might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him!
Then he will respond to us as surely as the arrival
of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."
II. WE BEGAN ENJOYING GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE ACCEPT HIM
AS OUR SAVIOR.
We could not begin to
experience the fullness of God’s love until we
recognize WHO it is that loves us.
A. OUR LOVE FOR GOD BEGINS AT THE CROSS.
1 JOHN 3:16 (KJV) Hereby perceive we the
love of God, because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
It is not until we begin to
understand the cost of His love for us that we can
begin to enjoy His love.
1 JOHN 4:19 (KJV) We love him,
because he first loved us.
B. WE ENJOY HIS LOVE MORE AS WE KNOW HIM MORE.
NOTE: The more we know and understand about
God, the more we can enjoy His love.
PHILIPPIANS 3:10-14 (KJV)
That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death; If by any
means I might attain unto the resurrection of the
dead. Not as though I had already attained, either
were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I
may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended
of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to
have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.
C. WE CAN KNOW HIM MORE THROUGH:
Fellowship with Him.
The Word of God
Fellowship with fellow
Song: “The Longer I Serve
Him.” Pg. 520
JAMES 1:17 (KJV)
Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning.
The more we recognize God’s
Love for us the more we will love Him, the more we
love Him the more we are able to enjoy His love for
will not fully understand and enjoy God’s love until
we reach heaven.
PSALMS 17:15 (KJV)
As for me, I will behold
thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness.
ISAIAH 33:17 (KJV)
Thine eyes shall see the
king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that
is very far off.
1 JOHN 3:1-3 (KJV) Behold, what manner of
love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the
world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not
yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when
he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope
in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
AUGUST 27, 2006
“GOD’S PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 63:1-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JEREMIAH 31:3 (KJV) The
LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I
have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore
with loving-kindness have I drawn thee.
The word, loving-kindness,
appears 705 times in the Bible in various
When you hear the word,
loving-kindness, what do you think of?
ILL: A class was asked, what is the
difference between kindness and lovingkindness?
A little girl answered, “If I was hungry and you
gave me a slice of bread that would be kindness, but
if you put jelly on it, that would be
God has shown to us His loving-kindness by giving us
much more than bread and jam, He has given us a
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.
I. JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
JOHN 6:51 (KJV)
I am the living bread which
came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread,
he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will
give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of
Man’s fellowship with God
had been broken by sin, by sending Jesus Christ, the
Bread of Life, God has provided a way for man’s
fellowship with God to be restored.
There are several things
about the Bread in God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly
Sandwich I want you to understand.
BREAD IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY TO MAKE A SANDWICH.
We get the word sandwich
from John Montagu Dunk, 4th Earl of Sandwich
who is often credited with inventing the sandwich
but actually, Hillel the Elder made a form of
sandwich a couple hundred years earlier.
Have you ever tried to make
a sandwich without using some sort of bread?
Two or more slices of bread or a split roll having a
filling in between.
2) One slide of bread covered
JOHN 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am
the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me.
It is only through Jesus Christ that we can have our
fellowship with God restored.
B. THE BREAD IS NOT A FANCY TYPE OF BREAD.
ISAIAH 53:2 (KJV)
For he shall grow up before
him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry
ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we
shall see him, there is no beauty that we should
There are those who reject
Jesus because He comes in the spirit of humility and
they want something that is gaudy and fancy.
NUMBERS 21:5 (KJV) And the people spake
against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye
brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?
for there is no bread, neither is there any water;
and our soul loatheth this light bread.
There are many who do not like the simplicity of the
Gospel. And because of this, they are never
able to enjoy God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly
II. THE PEANUT BUTTER IS A SYMBOL OF THE HOLY
George Washington Carver
found over 300 ways to use the peanut.
There are many different ways we can use peanut
butter. There are many different ways the Holy
Spirit enables us to live a victorious, productive
A. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR COMFORTER.
JOHN 16:7 (KJV) Nevertheless I tell you
the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away:
for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come
unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
B. THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVICTS US OF SIN.
JOHN 16:8 (KJV) And when he is come, he
will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgment:
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT GUIDES.
JOHN 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he
will guide you into all truth:
D. THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHES US.
1 JOHN 2:27 (NLT)
But you have received the
Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don't
need anyone to teach you what is true. For the
Spirit teaches you all things, and what he teaches
is true—it is not a lie. So continue in what he has
taught you, and continue to live in Christ.
E. THE HOLY SPIRIT PRAYS THROUGH US.
ROMANS 8:26 (KJV) Likewise the Spirit
also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what
we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit
itself maketh intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered.
F. THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS US.
ACTS 1:8 (KJV)
But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.
THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVE IS GIFTS OF MINISTRY.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-11 (KJV)
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit. And there are differences of
administrations, but the same Lord. And there are
diversities of operations, but it is the same God
which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of
the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of
wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same
Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to
another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of
miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning
of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to
another the interpretation of tongues: but all these
worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing
to every man severally as he will.
THE HOLY SPIRIT MAKES OUR LIVES FRUITFUL.
GALATIANS 5:22-23 (KJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
III. THE JELLY ON THE SANDWICH SYMBOLIZES
ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.
A. JOINT HEIRS WITH CHRIST.
ROMANS 8:16-17 (KJV)
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit,
that we are the children of God: and if children,
then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we
may be also glorified together.
B. NO SIN.
REVELATION 21:27 (KJV)And there shall in no wise
enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but
they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
C. NO DEATH, TEARS OR PARTING.
REVELATION 21:4 (KJV) And God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former
things are passed away.
D. BE WITH GOD FOREVER.
REVELATION 22:5 (KJV) And there shall be
no night there; and they need no candle, neither
light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them
light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Have you begun to enjoy
God’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich yet?
 Heartwarming Bible Illustrations: AMG Publishers,
Chattanooga, TN 37422 pg. 221 #557
 Merriam Webster’s collegiate Dictionary,
Tenth Edition: Merriam-Webster, INC. Springfield,
MA., pg. 1035