What does loving God really mean? According to the Bible, loving God means totally surrendering ourselves to Him “with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.” – (Matt. 22:37) How do we do that? First, it requires knowing Him, and that knowledge begins with His word
In His word we learn to worship and praise Him. In the gospel of Luke (4:8) we are told to “worship the Lord our God”. The Bible is filled with a rich tradition of those who have worshipped God in word and in song. Our worship service is designed to give God all the praise and glory that God deserves. We call upon the Holy Spirit each week to guide and direct our worship to praise the God that loves us beyond our imagining.
In His word we learn to put Him first. God is our priority. If we truly love God with “all our heart, soul, mind and strength” we won’t allow other things to crowd in. We want to strive to look at the world through “God First” glasses. When God is the priority everything we do comes from that perspective.
In His word we learn to love God and desire Him, to yearn for His righteousness, His word, and His Grace. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” If we truly love God and dive into his word, His will begins to resonate within us.
Finally, in His word we learn to love God and obey Him. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” This not just about doing good deeds, it is about having God’s love written on our hearts. When we love God, we will want to please Him and obey His commands eagerly.
It is because of this love for God that First Christian Church will strive in the next five years to:
1. Create, grow and strengthen a vibrant study of God’s Word (Bible Study).
2. Continuously planning ongoing corporate bible classes, providing at least two bible study opportunities for each age group in our church
3 Seek and promote individual daily bible studies (devotionals, videos, apps, texts, etc.) ensuring each church member has access to at least one method.