The Love of God

Design: Blessed Ong

“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell…”

To hear the song, “The Love of God,” by Frederick Lehman, click here or the picture above.

 

What is Love?

There’s a lot of confusion about the meaning of love these days. In some recent weddings, I’ve heard couples close their vows with the phrase, “as long as we both shall love.” That’s quite a shift from “as long as we both shall live.” Such a change moves marital commitments away from decisions of the will to decisions of the heart.

By defining love in almost exclusively emotional terms, popular culture has tended to ignore or even exclude any elements of truth, righteousness, and volition. This is dangerous for many reasons, first and foremost, because according to 1 John 4:8, God’s very essence is love. To misunderstand love, then, is to misunderstand God.

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Talk by Dr Joe Dongell: Loving From the Inside Out

Fresh Insights of Love to Revitalise Your Life and Ministry

Come and hear Dr. Joe Dongell share his insights about love from Scripture. Revitalise how you love those in your spheres of influence.

Date: 16 May 2018, Wednesday
Time: 7.00–9.00 PM
Venue: East Asia School of Theology, 1 Dorset Road, Singapore 219486
RSVP by 14 May 2018: Benson Goh, benson@east.edu.sg
Registration is free. Freewill offering will be collected.

Love is frequently thought of as an act of the will to benefit others, often in spite of our feelings and requiring some form of self-denial. But our experiences tell us this way of loving is beyond our human capacity; just think of the family member or co-worker we have difficulty loving! We need to regain the biblical vision of love that would dramatically revise our thinking about love and open up new ways of loving and ministering.

Dr. Joseph Dongell, PhD, is professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, USA. He is known for his courses on Inductive Bible Studies of the Gospel of Mark, the Letter to the Romans, and the Gospel of John. Dr Dongell is the author of John: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Wesley Press), The Gospel of Mark (OneBook: A Biblical Journey), a 32-week bible study lessons complete with a 50-min teaching video each week (Seedbed), and Sola Sancta Caritas, in which he explores John Wesley’s conviction that love is the operational centre of all things (Seedbed). He is an ordained elder and actively ministers as an associate pastor, a regular adult Sunday school teacher, an advisor of a seminary foundation, and trainer and instructor of ministerial training in the Wesleyan Church denomination in USA.

Watch him teach from the Gospel of Mark in this 8 min video!

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