Introduction

“Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these? Yes, Lord, he said, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my lambs. Again Jesus said, Simon son of John, do you truly love me? He answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Take care of my sheep. The third time he said to him, Simon son of John, do you love me? Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, Do you love me? He said, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17). Jesus also said: “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).

To be a Christian doesn’t just mean believing certain doctrines or attending church. It means loving Jesus. And he asks us today what he asked Peter so long ago: “Do you love me?” Love is a response of the whole person. We know about Jesus with our minds and we should feel love towards him with our emotions. But we show our love by obeying what he commands – in the way we live our lives, the way we choose our priorities, the way we relate to other people, including those we find difficult or hurtful.

It is possible to be very religious, to know our Bibles and our doctrine very well and to live a good life, but to neglect that priority of spending time alone with Jesus expressing our love and growing in that love.

This section is about being devoted to Jesus and what that means.

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Devotional Resources

55 Articles and Essays Available in this Category

Articles are arranged according to subject and to whether they are:
1. Short popular articles for the general reader
2. Longer popular articles for the general reader
3. More academic articles where relevant


Teaching about Following Jesus


TEACHING ON BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
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> Christianity is supernatural
> Charismatic Renewal

TEACHING ON BIBLE READING

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> Why read the Bible?

TEACHING ON DEALING WITH FEAR
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> Coping with fear

TEACHING ON DEDICATION
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> Doing the Word
> “Ever only all for Thee”
> Self indulgence
> Supermarket culture
> Is self-fulfilment a Christian concern?
> Normal Christianity
> Spiritual checklist on the Commandments
> The importance of the will

TEACHING ON FAITH
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> Peace of mind

TEACHING ON FEAR OF GOD
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> Miserable sinners?

TEACHING ON FORGIVENESS & RECONCILIATION
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> God Won't Forgive Us If We Don't Forgive Everyone
> Listen to both sides

TEACHING ON GUIDANCE
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> How can I tell if it’s wrong for me?

TEACHING ON JUSTICE
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> Innocent Until Proved Guilty

TEACHING ON KNOWING CHRIST
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> What Does it Mean to Know Christ?

TEACHING ON LOVE
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> Blessed are the meek
> Love – a meditation
> Should wives submit to their husbands?
> The more excellent way – a challenge to men
> The sin of gossip
> A discovery of mercy (Summary)
> Love in complicated - but good for you!

TEACHING ON MATERIALISM
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> Love of money
> Materialism

TEACHING ON PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION
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> Preparing for Communion

TEACHING ON WORSHIP
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> A critique of Christian songs
> What is the best form of worship?

TEACHING ON OTHER SUBJECTS
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> False views of God
> The importance of the mind
> What is Celtic spirituality?

Teaching about Dealing with Suffering

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 Teaching related to the Church Year

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Devotional Teaching on God

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Teaching on Prayer

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