February 10, 2011
We are amazed each time we consider that all that God requires of us can be summed up in two simple directions:
1) Love God with all your heart.
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
This Valentine’s Day Weekend, many of us will shower tender signs of affection on the people around us who we love so dearly. There will be many chocolates, flowers, and cards. Even cupcakes, poems, and a song here and there.
At our worship service on Sunday night, we will be extending the love by sharing tokens of affection for God. Some are bringing poems, cards, songs, photographs, and even truffles. (Yummy!) All are invited to bring all their love for God!
It is our prayer that as each one shares our love for God, it will allow each one of us to fall in love with Him a little more. After all, that’s the first thing He asks of us: to love Him with all our hearts!
Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, as we enjoy a Valentines Party for God!
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”.