From God, With Love
A. Sermon texts: 1 John 4:8, NRSV; James 1:17.
B. These texts state two things about God: He is love, and He
I. God is love.
A. Satan has misrepresented God.
B. Verse by F. M. Lehman.
C. Illustration about Isaac Watts.
II. Because God is love, He loves to give.
A. He gives to those who ask. Matt. 7:11.
B. He gives even
to those who do not ask. Matt. 5:45.
C. Everything that we have comes from
God. 1 Tim. 6:7; Ps. 24:1
1. Illustration of slippers.
D. An enumeration of some of God’s gifts. Counsels on
Stewardship, p. 17; The Adventist Home, pp. 497, 100; The Acts of
the Apostles, p. 71; Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, p. 233.
III. God’s best GiftHis Son, Jesus. John 3:16.
A. The measure of God’s love. Rom. 8:32; Counsels on
Stewardship, p. 14.
B. Christ on the cross. The Desire of Ages,
C. What this gift provides for sinners. Ibid., p. 762
God loves us as much as He does His own Son. John 17:23.
IV. Special giftsspiritual gifts.
A. Church members should be knowledgeable about these gifts that
are bestowed by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:1, 11.
1. Some of these gifts listed. Eph. 4:11.
2. The purpose
of the gifts. Eph. 4:12.
3. The church is the body of Christ, with Christ
the head. Eph. 4:15. The Spirit distributes varied gifts to meet the needs of
V. The gift of prophecy. 1 Cor. 12:10, 28; Eph. 4:11.
A. Prophets are eyes for the church, or seers. 1 Sam. 9:9; Amos
1. Elisha’s experience. 2 Kings 6:8-12.
in the final crisis. Rev. 12:17; Matt. 24:24; The Great Controversy, pp.
a. The Bible as the “testimony of Jesus.” Rev.
b. Comparison of end-time prophet to pilot as ship enters dangerous
B. God’s gift of a prophet to the remnant churchEllen
1. The scope and benefits of her ministry.
2. The major
theme of her writings.
3. Her testimony about her experience. The 1888
Materials, pp. 578, 579.
4. The Exodus movement and the Advent movement
compared. Hosea 12:13.
A. The remnant church, as the church in Corinth, has been richly
blessed with spiritual gifts, including the gift of prophecy.
B. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts!”