This week’s chapel was about God’s love for us. Our speaker was Dave Souers who is a soccer coach, husband, soon-to-be father, pastor, and servant for Christ.
To start off the chapel, Avianna Wyall prayed and introduced our speaker. Then we watched a short two-minute video verbalizing God’s love for us. The video explained the greatness and the power of His love and that He gave up His son so that we could be with Him forever. That is amazing love!
Dave started out his sermon with a comparison between the love that we have for worldly things, and the love that we have for Jesus Christ as our Lord, Father, and best friend. Even though we only have one word for love in english that can mean multiple things, the greek language has four different forms of love in four different words that all have their own different meaning. There is a romantic love, brotherly love, natural affection from parents to their offspring, and God’s love for humanity.
God has decided to love us. He could have easily just forgotten about us or made us His slaves, but instead He decided to love us as His own children! That is an honor that some of us take for granted. As Christians, we live in a Christian bubble; we don’t get to know other people that are outside of our bubble. And because of that, we sometimes become numb towards His love.
God loves us so much that He wants everyone to know it! Some people will have nothing to do with Christianity though. It is our job to love them the way Christ would love them so that they might see Christ’s love through us. Dave shared a passage with us from 1 John 4:7-8 that says “Dear friends, 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.”
Dave then exposed us to three main characteristics of God’s love with passages from the Bible to help us understand them better. He shared that God’s love is complete from 1 John 4:16; sacrificial from John 3:16; and unconditional from Romans 8:31. It is complete because it is unchanging and perfect. He could never love us any less or any more. God showed sacrificial love by allowing His own son to die on the cross for our sins so that we could be with Him in Heaven. His love is unconditional because nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Dave wrapped up his lesson by challenging us to apply God’s love to our own lives by letting the love of God flow in us and through us. We can do that by waking up every morning basking in the greatness of God, immersing ourselves in the love of God even when we feel unlovable, and expressing the love of God to those He loves.
Chapel ended with the worship team leading us in two final songs: Lead Me to the Cross and Lord of Lords.
-Submitted by Christine Miller
Photos by Hannah Ziko and JT Angelo