Loving God, Loving People

On Sunday at CrossWay Church we continued the series “The Promised Land” by looking at our strategy for accomplishing our church’s mission.  A brief recap to set the context: the purpose of the church is to glorify God.  That happens when we accomplish our mission, which is to make lifelong followers of Jesus Christ in our community and around the world.  And we need a strategy in order to accomplish the mission.  Simply put, our strategy is this: love God and love people.

Not only is loving God and loving people our strategy for accomplishing our mission, but it’s also the only thing we do that lasts for eternity.  No matter how far you go in your career, no matter how rich and famous you become, no matter how popular you are and how much you achieve–none of it matters in eternity.  Even valuable things like faith and hope will come to an end in eternity, because everyone who belongs to Christ will see the Object of our faith face to face, and hope will no longer be necessary because all our hopes will be fulfilled.

But love will remain.  As 1 Corinthians 13:13 says: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

The only thing we can do to invest in eternity is love.  In Luke 10:25-28, Jesus taught that love is the greatest commandment in Scripture, that all of the Bible can be summed up in the command to love, and that the key to living a full life is love.  The importance–the eternal significance!–of love can never be overstated.

As part of our church strategy, we ask everyone in our membership to love God and love people in five specific ways:

(1) We love God by worshiping Him together with His family.
(2) We love God by developing healthy spiritual habits.
(3) We love people by serving them.
(4) We love people by building friendships with them.
(5) We love God and love people by inviting others to do these first four things with us!

You can listen to the podcast of this message by clicking on one of this site’s links to the CrossWay Podcast.  (You can also use these links to subscribe to the podcast if you’d like.)

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Published in: on January 23, 2008 at 5:52 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Nathan,

    I think this was wonderful!

    I am going to use this as a Sunday School lesson. I just voluntered to teach in my new Church. And Yes I need to get some lessons together.

    On the web, there is a Christian site “Gleanings from the Word,” and I use a lot of his work.

    Thanks and you write very well,

    Judy

  2. Thanks Judy. Glad you found it helpful. And thanks for the heads up on that website!


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