StoneBridge Community Church
Believe #21: A Holy, Wholly Other Kind of Love
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • StoneBridge Growth Groups, Simi Valley, CA 93065
    Sunday 12:00 PM

Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, John 15

Salvation By Grace Through Faith Alone

Stephen J. Cole, Salvation By Grace Through Faith Alone (Ephesians 2.8-9)
A Fun Illustration from Frog and Toad
Frog was in his garden. Toad came walking by. “What a fine garden you have, Frog,” he said. “Yes,” said Frog. “It is very nice, but it was hard work.” “I wish I had a garden,” said Toad. “Here are some flower seeds. Plant them in the ground,” said Frog, “and soon you will have a garden.” “How soon?” asked Toad. “Quite soon,” said Frog.

Toad ran home. He planted the flower seeds. “Now seeds,” said Toad, “start growing.” Toad walked up and down a few times. The seeds did not start to grow. Toad put his head close to the ground and said loudly, “Now seeds, start growing!” The seeds did not start to grow.

Toad put his head very close to the ground and shouted, “NOW SEEDS, START GROWING!” Frog came running up the path. “What is all this noise?” he asked. “My seeds will not grow,” said Toad.“You are shouting too much,” said Frog. “These poor seeds are afraid to grow.” “My seeds are afraid to grow?” asked Toad. “Of course,” said Frog. “Leave them alone for a few days. Let the sun shine on them, let the rain fall on them. Soon your seeds will start to grow.”

That night Toad looked out of his window. “Drat!” said Toad. “My seeds have not started to grow. They must be afraid of the dark.” Toad went out to his garden with some candles. “I will read the seeds a story,” said Toad. “Then they will not be afraid.” Toad read a long story to his seeds.

All the next day Toad sang songs to his seeds. And all the next day Toad read poems to his seeds. And all the next day Toad played music for his seeds. Toad looked at the ground. The seeds still did not start to grow.
“What shall I do?” cried Toad. “These must be the most frightened seeds in the whole world!” Then Toad felt very tired, and he fell asleep.

“Toad, Toad, wake up,” said Frog. “Look at your garden!” Toad looked at his garden. Little green plants were coming up out of the ground. “At last,” shouted Toad, “my seeds have stopped being afraid to grow!” “And now you will have a nice garden too,” said Frog. “Yes,” said Toad, but you were right, Frog. It was a very hard work.”

Arnold Lobel, "The Garden" from Frog and Toad Together

Arnold Lobel, "The Garden" from Frog and Toad Together

1. We become like Jesus by…
1. We become like Jesus by abiding in Jesus.

Abiding in Christ

Bob Deffinbaugh, Abiding in Christ (John 15.1-17)

Fruit in the Bible

David Moster, "Fruit in the Bible" Bible History Daily, 10/29/2015

Fruit of the Spirit vs. Spiritual Gifts

Wesley L. Gerig, "Fruit of the Spirit" Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology

Four Kinds of Love

There are four Greek words for love…  agape, phileo, storge, and eros. Here is a brief description of each…

Agape Love

Walter A. Elwell, "Love" Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 199.; James Orr, General Editor. "LOVE". International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, 1915.
2. Christlike people…
Christlike people love as God loves.
3. The major measure of our growth in Christ is…
The major measure of our growth in Christ is love.
We become like Jesus by abiding in Jesus.

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Memory Verse 1 John 4.10-12
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (Ephesians 6.19-20)

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