Loving God, Loving People & Making Disciples
John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”
We want to be a church family that puts God first. We should explicitly display our intimate love for Him in all aspects of our lives. We want to be known for our ability to love God; our complete devotion to God; our faithful submission to do His will and our unwavering trust in Him. We want to learn what it means to be truly content in the presence of God, to be in an authentic relationship with Him. Matthew 22:37,38; Mark 12:30; Philippians 3:8-11
We want to be known for our love for one another in the family of God. We want to live in true communion, building authentic relationships, genuinely living out the “one another” commandment. We want to be known for our ability to forgive, encourage and care for one another; our willingness to keep one another accountable, and our capacity to live in unity and harmony with one another. John 13:34-35
We want to be a church family committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world- intentionally, relationally and authentically leading broken hearts to wholeness in the heart of God. Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:6; John 3:16
To fulfill the Great Commandment of Loving God and Loving People
To fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples for the transformation of the world.
We will focus on four areas:
We want to be a church family that should be committed to the greatest commandment- Matthew 22: 37&38 “You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” Always place God first and be willing to reach out to your neighbors. If God is for us, who is against us (Romans 8: 31). God’s love is different. It changes things. It’s active. It’s works. It’s risky, but only God’s love can get through to them. Let us offer commitment in services to the least amongst us and to everyone in our community of faith.
God does not like empty pews. Let’s go out and get people to the gospel. Say this to yourself, “I will do my best to bring at least one unchurched person.” As a congregation we must be willing to grow and Let us engage ourselves as disciples of the Lord in and We have gifted leaders, who can inspire other members in our services to the poor, homeless, widows, elderly, local community and the world as a whole. 2 Timothy 3:17, Apostle Paul is encouraging us saying “everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, and equipped with every good work.”
As 2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” We all need to share and it’s a basic life lesson for all of us and everything we have to share belongs to God. In Psalm 24:1 it says, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” God is generous and everything we have has been given to us by him. When you know that someone has been generous to you, it’s impossible not to be generous back. Jesus has shown us the ultimate measure of generosity. This can literally change our lives and our generosity.
Our Methodist common heritage as Christians is to witness as apostles of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord, who is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We can do this by proclaiming the good news of God’s grace and by exemplifying Jesus commandments to love God and our neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in the world. (Matthew 28:18-20- the Commissioning of the Disciples).