True Love

Sermon from CCM:City Centre



This sermon was preached by Dave Horsfall at the CCM:City Centre site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 17th June 2018.



This message was part of the ‘Little Letters’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in mid 2018. The full series included the following sermons:


  • Little Letters
  • Little Letters



This sermon was based on Hebrew 2:1-11 and 1 John 4:9

The Founder of Salvation

11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” 13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.”

14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.


God Is Love

9In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.


The Longing to Be Loved

  • There is a common longing in humanity to be fully known and fully loved.
  • This is shown in culture through the music that we listen to.
  • It is also shown through social media.

Imperfect Love

  • Human love can never really fulfil the longing because it is imperfect.
  • Human relationships also highlight the flaws the we bring to them ourselves.
  • Even when we get lots of likes on social media, this may make us feel loved but not known, as it is not the real us. 

Perfect Love

  • Our deepest desire is to be fully known and fully loved.
  • Imperfect love cannot do this – only God can.
  • Psalm 139 talks about God knowing us inside and out.
  • In Hebrews 2 we are told that Jesus and the church are one family – he calls us brothers and sisters.
  • God made the universe. He also lived and experienced life like us.
  • Jesus took all of human brokenness into death  and dealt with it – there is nothing that could stop God loving us.



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