Virtual Rooted Group

Rooted – Love (14th June 2020)

Welcome

Hey everyone! Thanks for dropping in!.

We hope you are all safe and well. Today the session will be a stand-alone one that ties in with the subject of the sermon. So, grab your bibles and your toast and let’s get started!

Supplies Checklist:

Game!

Pick 2 friends or family members you think you know well. Then make a list:

  • What’s their name?

  • Where were they born?

  • What’s their  favourite food?

  • What’s their favourite colour?

  • What’s their favourite hobby?

How confident are you?

Get in touch with them and check how well you did!

Session

God is Love says 1 John 4:8, but what does that mean? The very next verse tells us how God showed that love towards us:

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him
1 John
4:9

The main service today is looking at some words written by the apostle Paul about this same thing:

When we were unable to help ourselves, at the right time, Christ died for us, although we were living against God. Very few people will die to save the life of someone else. Although perhaps for a good person someone might possibly die. But God shows his great love for us in this way: Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
Romans
5:6-8

When you stop to think about it – this is mind-blowing stuff. When we were helpless and far from God – he reached out to help us, to bring us back to Him. 

But that’s not all. It wasn’t like a friend offering to help, or even a loved one giving up their life for us, but Jesus died to help us even when we were enemies of God. Even when we didn’t know him, wanted nothing to do with him and even hurt him by the way we behaved Jesus took all the pain and punishment for that on our behalf.

Just think about that for a moment. That’s amazing stuff!

The last bit!

God first loved us. That’s where it starts. 1 John goes on to say though that we should love because God first loved us (1 John 4:16). If we live with God we live with love and should love those around us.

Think about those around you in your life. Friends, family, school, clubs…   anywhere. Are there people in those groups that you could love more? What about people outside those groups and people you don’t like?

Take time to make a note of some names of people you will try to love better. Next week, look at the list and make a note of how you have shown love to those people.

Have a great week. Don’t forget to wash up your toast plate!

See you next week!
Mell and Chris