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Nov. 21st, 2010

I really really loved the sermon that I heard yesterday. The pastor was talking about how in 1 Thes 2:17ish (it goes for a few verses) Paul really really wants to see the people in Thessalonica because he loves them. He loves them enough that he would be willing to go back to a place that he was persecuted in order to see them.
The sermon was supposed to be about how to love people like Paul loved people. I understood it as why people are important, why we should love people, and how to view people.

He broke it up into a number of points to view people through.
1. Everyone is created in God's image. Gen 1:26-27 Every single person on this planet is created in God's image. Man or Woman.

2. God loves every person on this planet. John 3:16 God loves humanity enough that he sent his Son to die for us.

3. Every person in your life is there for a reason. The scriptural reasoning he gave for this is kind of odd but it was
1 Cor 12:12-13 This talks about how the Church is put together, but he made the (in my opinion justifiable) leap saying that if God is putting together the Body of Christ in specific ways then He is putting together our lives in specific ways.

4. All people are equal in value even though they are different from one another. Diversity is a good thing. Galatians 3:26-28 People are brought together through Christ. It could be as extreme as Slaves and Masters or not as extreme as leftys and rightys.

5. Everyone you run into is your neighbor. He talked about the good Samaritan.

I really needed to hear this message and was so glad that I was in church Saturday to hear it.