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Worthy in Love

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Developing a radical love for Jesus.

Text: Matt. 10:37
Date: 05/13/2012, the Contemporary service.
Series: "Matthew" Part 97
Occasion: Mother's Day

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As Jesus brings the commissioning of His disciples to a close, He launches into one of the most radical calls to discipleship in the book of Matthew. In order for the battle plan of the Kingdom to be effective against the intense resistance it will encounter, His "apostlers" must be strong in their allegiance to Him and perfectly obedient. He lists three "pillars of discipleship" to help them qualify and quantify this extraordinary call to devotion. We will consider the first of these in this passage-- "love". Jesus uses two familiar family relationships to make the point that no human relationship can supersede the "apostler's" love for the King of the Kingdom-- if they are to be worthy of discipleship. We will explore what it means to truly love Jesus by considering seven "evidences of love" and asking ourselves the question, "Am I truly worthy in love?"


  1. Introduction
  2. Exposition of the text, Matt. 10:37.
    1. Context, Matt. 10:21,25-36.
    2. A disciple's first love, vs. 37.
      1. Identifying the audience.
        1. On "everyone" and "whoever", Matt. 10:32-33.
        2. Making the right choice.
      2. Focus on love.
        1. Targeting the family.
        2. Master or maniac?
        3. A new dimension in the battle plan.
        4. Defining the depth of "love".
        5. No greater love.
      3. Defining "worthy", Matt. 10:13.
  3. Application
    1. Focus on loving Jesus.
      1. Is anyone worthy?
      2. Seven evidences of loving Jesus.
        1. Spending time together, Psa. 42:1-2.
        2. Keeping His commandments, John 14:15,15:10.
        3. Resisting temptation, 1John 3:6,9.
        4. Doing the things He liked to do, James 2:26, 1John 3:17-18.
        5. Looking like Him, Heb. 1:3, John 17:21-22.
        6. Loving the ones He loved, 1John 3:11, John 13:34-35.
        7. Loving the way He loved, 1John 3:16.
    2. Becoming worthy in love.
  4. Conclusion

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