For God so loved the world that God gave his only son, that who ever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life
I John 4:7-8
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Maybe you have heard this phrase before – referencing the Bible as a love letter from God to us. Maybe you have never heard of it. Either way, over the course of the next year and a half, you can join us as we learn together what it means to say such a thing about the Bible. Because it is exactly that: a way for us to know that God loves us, and it’s written in 66 different ways in 66 separate books. Each book has unique things to tell us. In some, we will quickly see together what it means to say God loves us in that book. In others, it might be harder to see. But starting June 3, 2018 and going through November 24, 2019, we are going to dig in together, one book at a time.
Our first week is an introduction. You will hear why love is such a big theme in scripture, what kind of love it is we’re talking about, and why we can say with complete confidence that God loves us.
It’s entirely possible you’ve spent most of your life not knowing what it means to hear the words “I love you” from anyone. If that’s true, you should know that God absolutely loves you and wants you to know it. Join us every week as we learn what that love looks like and what it can mean for you every day.
If it’s not news to you that God loves you, Great! It should be interesting to you to see how it is that even in books like Ezekiel or Leviticus, we can find love in the words we read. We can see God’s love for us and understand what it is God asks us to do in response to that love in every book of the Bible – even some of the really hard ones.
Every week, there will be a few selected readings from the book we will study and a devotional for each day – that way you can be ready for the message every week. You are encouraged to participate in all of the studies, but if you can only do one or two or none – that’s ok, the weekly messages will stand alone as well as fit in the series.
Come – hear God’s love letter and know that God’s love is for you.