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It’s The Power of Love

Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

According to Huey Lewis and his band The News, the “power of love is a curious thing.”

I guess that’s one way of putting it, but when it comes to the love of God conveyed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Paul says “it is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe”  (Romans 1:16).

Several years ago our church annually assembled a group of junior and senior high school students who were transformed into a ministry team called “The Power of Love.” Volunteer leaders developed a theme and combined popular music and testimonies from group members into a 40 minute long program. They had weekly rehearsals and a weekend to learn the material and bond with fellow cast members. Finally it was ready for presentation. I’m reminded of the theme song from the Muppet Show, “No more rehearsing and nursing our parts. We know every part by heart.”

The group would travel to performance at area churches for a Sunday morning or evening worship event.

Two things happened.

  1.  People were ministered to as the group sang and shared from their hearts the lessons God was teaching them and sometimes the pain they were experiencing. The Holy Spirit used these young lives to bless and encourage others.
  2.  The cast and crew came together, in the spirit of faith and fellowship and learned how to relate to each other and how to relate to God.

When the POL season was finished, a final performance was presented at our church and it was fun and amazing to see how God used the experience to work in their lives and bring them closer to Himself. Some kids got saved. Some took a step in the area of discipleship. Some learned more deeply about prayer and compassion.

The power of the Gospel. The power of God’s love. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living in us and working its way through us.

A curious thing? Not really—It’s just the Power of Love.

DP

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