Jesus wants the church to grow up, not just to grow old. The goal of His church is to become more and more like Jesus. To help us mature, God did not only just give us leaders to equip us, God also gave us each other so that we may speak the truth in love to each other. When we speak the truth of Jesus to one another, we grow in Jesus in every aspect of our lives. Rather than living in our childish ways, the Body of Christ can help each other to grow up to become more and more like Christ by speaking the Gospel truth to one another through actions and words.
In this new sermon series, we return to the mission of our church. We’ll explore each component as we prepare to enter into a new church year.
Our church’s mission is to multiply disciples who love God, love one another and love the lost by abiding in Christ through His word, prayer and the Holy Spirit.
This week, we explore the greatest commandment – love God. Loving God is more than just doing things for God. We can do things for God without loving God but when we genuinely love God, we will always do things for God. In Matthew 26:6-13, we saw a portrait of love toward God. Mary loved Jesus because she was first loved by God. Loving God means that we give God our very best. To many, our best to God may seem like a waste but to God, it is a beautiful thing. Rather than waiting till later to love God, now is always the best time to love God wherever we are, whatever we do.
We have gotten to meet many people with our life and may think to ourselves “Well ____ will never change.” In Acts 9, God changed Saul to become the person we know as Paul. This radical transformation was first initiated by God, responded by Saul and Ananaias was sent as the changed agent. This encourages us that even when we don’t see changes in people, we should not give up on the person. Instead, we must wait actively and pray faithfully. We must trust that God knows the right time and knows what He is doing.
Forgiveness is never easy. Many times we don’t think we can or we don’t want to forgive those who have hurt us. In this sermon, we explore various myths that might cause us to hold grudges toward those who wrong us. The strength to forgive others comes from us being forgiven by God through faith in Jesus Christ. We can and should forgive because we were first forgiven by God.
Through commercials and media, the world around us tells us that we should believe in ourselves. But this lie will not lead us toward life as God creates for us to live. Instead, it will lead to our downfall. We believe in ourselves because somehow we think that we can control our lives. What matters most is who Jesus says He is and who Jesus says we are. Having faith means that we will trust His Word and trust it enough to live by it.