Over next several days I will be posting my notes, comments, and links to the audio of the sessions at the Shepherding the Shepherd Conference that Kaley and I attended last week. The first speaker was Kevin Smith. Kevin Smith has served as pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville since 2004. A professor at Southern Seminary, in 2006, Smith became the first African American elected to the office of first vice president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He also is a past president of the Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference and former Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow. He spoke on “The Love of God — When Christians marvel in God’s love for His people, we have the model for loving our neighbor, the world, fellow believers, our families—and most intimately—our spouse.”
The audio of the message can be heard here.
JOY FOR THE JOURNEY
Notes and Quotes
We lose our joy in life when we forget the nature of the journey. He used the illustration of a biker.
Rain only makes a biker miserable if he forgets that sometimes it rains. However, a good biker just stops under the underpass & puts on his rain gear & moves on. He doesn’t get mad it’s rainy, because he knows that’s part of it.
Same thing with marriage. There is going to be difficulties in marriage, but you don’t lose your joy because you know it’s part of it, put some people see the storms in life & forget that storms end & that its just part of the journey.
– Sometimes we struggle with joy because we forget the Nature of the Journey.
– We must have an example of someone who has completed the Journey.
– Our Model and Example is Jesus Christ.
 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.  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.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:7-11 ESV)
– One of the most misunderstood things in our culture and church is the Love of God.
– If you have a misunderstanding of Love, you will have a hard time finding Joy on the Journey.
– Verses 7-11 describes God’s love for his people.
– None of it is related to our temporary situation.
– God never promised us that we would never experience pain and death.
– But in this passage He demonstrates how He loves us.
– Love springs from God to sinners.
– Godly Love is proactive, not reactive.
– Too much of our misunderstanding of Love is reciprocal instead of unconditional.
– How often do we lose Joy because we loose sight of the Nature of Sheep.
– If you understand Biblical Love you can have Joy despite circumstance.
– Selfishness undermines Joy in the Journey
– God’s love is Active, functional, not just in word.
– God shows his love, not just tells us His love.
– Love is Active, not an emotion.
– Hook: If God so loves us, we should love one another (v. 11)
– Tell your spouse that you love the, but also show her.