Gifted Church, Loving Service
One of the most important but often most neglected commands in the New Testament is the command to love one another. 1 John 4 has language so strong that John believes you cannot be a child of God if you do not love your brother in Christ. But the world has so distorted the meaning of love that it is often hard for us to think right about the concept or to put it into practice consistently. Our biggest problem is that we love ourselves too much, and we want everyone else to love us too, but Paul defines love for us in 1 Corinthians 13, and it isn't about us getting what we want. Love is about giving of ourselves for the good of others, and when we can live this principle (particularly in the church) we will model for the world the difference that Jesus Christ makes in a life. "May the Lord cause us to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people" (1 Thess 3:12).
This Sunday at Liberty, we will be talking a lot about love. Sunday school will continue our SAVED series with a discussion of perseverance. Then in the morning worship we forge ahead in 1 Corinthians (Being the Body) as we look at the end of chapter 12 and beginning of chapter 13 (12:27-13:8a). This has been a challenge to my own heart in my study, as whenever my selfishness is confronted, I am uncomfortable. In the evening worship, Jason O'Sullivan will finish his internship with a message about love from Song of Solomon 1 & 2. I've greatly appreciated Jason's ministry with us this summer, and I believe he does a great job handling and communicating God's Word. If you haven't heard him yet, please make Sunday evening a priority. I look forward to the opportunity to grow in our love for each other as we meet together to worship God who showed us great love in Christ.