On Wednesday July 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM the message "Choose Life or Death" was given by Minister Christine Lee at Gratia Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The message was taken from Matthew 7:13-29, James 3:12 and Galatians 5:19-25.
Jesus concludes His sermon on the mount with a warning that the way to life and God is narrow and only a few find it. He asks His listeners to choose life. He adds that one will be able to tell if somebody has chosen life by the fruits of their life and by the fruits of their actions. Also, all the believer's good works won't mean anything if he doesn't first know Jesus and love God.
Christine stated Jesus had authority because of the life He lived and the example He set. The broad path includes power, wealth, glamour and popularity. It was and is the will of the Father to receive His love and love Him back, then to love man and love creation with Jesus as the foundation.
People answered the question of what it means to love God as follows:
Bob thought it meant respect,17
Richard thought it meant fellowship with God,
Luke thought it meant obeying God's Word from the heart,
Bruce thought it meant trust sometimes with feeling and sometimes without feeling.