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23
Jul
2015
All You Need is Love

The Beatles made that line popular a few decades ago and it sounds good, even the tune is catchy. You might be humming it in your head right now. But the truth is, you also need God and while “God is love,” we cannot say “Love is God.” God is a personal being, not a force or an emotion. In fact, without God we have no basis for love. I would (as others have) take it one step farther and say that without a Trinity we have no basis for love. Love is as eternal as God and the reason we long to receive and give love is because we are made in His image. A few weeks ago a friend said to me, “It’s really quite simple, just love God and love people.” It’s hard to argue with that given that Jesus said the Great Commandment is to love God and love people. However, boiling down the commandments to that summary is much simpler than actually doing what that simple statement commands. Personally, I find loving God and loving others quite complicated at times. Sometimes I have no idea whether I am loving God with all my heart, soul and mind. And loving others? I don’t know what expectations to meet and what needs to meet and how often to meet either one. I’d like to understand it all well but if I wait for that I won’t do any of it. I don’t understand electricity but I keep flipping the switch! I saw a great line the other day that said “If you find Love One Another too complicated, just switch the last two words…Love Another One.” That’s pretty good. We can only love the people we are with and that must be at least part of what Jesus meant when He said to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Our neighbor is simply the person nearest to us that has a need. We need relationships characterized by love. Relationships characterized by love help us become what we were designed to be. Other relationships may help us feel better for a little while but they do not produce the likeness of a gracious God in our character. The church exists to help people form loving relationships that move them in the direction of their destiny. If we are not being influenced to that end and influencing others to that end, a checkup is necessary. We need God, we need others. We must love God, we must love others. This is more connected than we often admit and we’ll talk more about that on Sunday as God wills.

 
Welcome!

We believe God has placed us here to glorify Him by “making disciples”of Jesus Christ.  In other words, we invite you to join us in becoming His apprentices. Our process is summarized in four descriptive words.

  • Worship:  A lifestyle of love and devotion to God.
  • Connect:  A lifestyle of love and commitment to others.
  • Grow:       A lifestyle that is producing the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • Serve:      A lifestyle of service for Christ within the body and in our community.