Love is the Only Measurement

December 30, 2010

“God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”–I John 4:16

What are most Christians known for? 

On a “good” day, Christians might be known for our spiritual understanding, for our faith, or for our generosity.  Nothing is wrong with any of these things.  They are all part of the Christian life.

But again and again, the core message of Jesus and His followers is grounded in the revolutionary declaration of Matthew 22:37-40–that all of God’s guidance for our lives is tied into these two commandments: 

1) Love God with everything we have and
2) Love our neighbors as ourselves.

So–just thinking out loud here–what if Christians were actually known by our love?  Or put another way, what if Love is the only measurement for evaluating how we are doing in following Jesus?

Let’s take those questions through a few more steps…

  • How are we doing as a church in Love? 
  • Are we a Loving church? 
  • And what can we do to become a more Loving church?

These are exactly the questions we are asking God to answer for us in 2011.  If Love is that  fundamental to following Jesus, then it is certainly worth spending as much time as it takes on getting our hearts moving in that direction.

But exactly what is Christian Love?  What does it look like?  How does it feel?

Fortunately, God has given us a blueprint for the DNA of love in I Corinthians 13.

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and as we kick off a new year together with a Sermon called “Becoming a Loving Church in 2011”.

Jesus as a Child

December 23, 2010

We get a clear picture of Jesus as a child in Luke 2:39-52.  In this passage, we see Jesus’s parents bringing him to Jerusalem to participate in the annual Passover feast.  Once his parents have started back home, they realize that Jesus is not with the rest of the party.  Three days later, they find Him in the Temple, listening and asking questions of the religous leaders.

Through this account, we learn about not just Jesus, but also about the role of His parents in raising Him.  For example:

  • Jesus’s parents were faithful to do all they were required to do as parents.
  • Although they were aware of Jesus’s identity, they seemed surprised to find Him in the Temple when they returned to Jerusalem.
  • Under their parenting, Jesus grew in all areas:  spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically.

This story raises a number of questions we will seek to answer on Sunday:

  • Why are kids not just the church of tomorrow, but also the church of today?
  • What kind of environment are we developing for kids at our church?
  • What role do parents have in our kids development?
  • What role does the congregation have in our kids development?
  • What role do we expect our kids to have in our church?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and share a sermon called the Children of Christmas, Part 2.