October 2, 2017

Love Much and Love Well

October 2, 2017


Philippians 1:3-11

This week’s sermon text: Romans 9:1-18


The church in Philippi was just a small part of Paul’s impact in leading and growing the early church. What we find in his opening statements to the Philippians are beautiful and eloquent statements of the love that he has for his fellow brothers and sisters.

The Message translation provides a deeper look in to Paul’s desire and instruction for the early church (and for us today):

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)


  • Are you loving much? Are you loving well?
  • How can you make Jesus attractive to others?


  • Who is someone that you can love well today?
  • How can we love each other well in our family?

Prayer Guide

Loving God, help me to see like you see. Help me to love like you love. Help me to remember that you are faithful to complete the good work that you began in me. May our prayers be prayers of joy in all that you have done.