What does loving others really mean? Jesus was clear to those who listened to him that the greatest and most important commandment was to Love God. In the same breath he also continued with the second most important command of loving others. Jesus said in the gospel of Matthew, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
The importance of these two commands was clearly laid out by God when Moses received the 10 commandments. When we look closely at the those commandments we find that four were created for our relationship with God and six were created for our relationship with others. Clearly God set forth the importance of the responsibility we have to share love with all God’s children.
God died for us at our worst, in the midst of our sin, when we were totally unlovable. When we make sacrifices in order to love someone, we get a glimpse of the depth of God’s love for us, and we also reflect Him to the world. Jesus told His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35). Notice He didn’t say, “Feel loving toward one another.” He said, “Love one another.” He commanded an action, not a feeling.
We will love those who make First Christian Church their home through making connections that help us to understand each other and grow in our relationships with each other. Through our faith in God the depth of our love will not stop inside our walls. We were never commanded to only love one another inside our building. We must love those from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth. God’s love is not reserved for only a few and neither should ours. We will extend the love of Christ that we feel into our communities, country and world.
It is because of this love for others that First Christian Church will strive in the next five years to:
1. Nurture a community of close fellowship within our church family by providing intentional membership social opportunities both biblical and social events
2. Create, grow and strengthen a missional mindset that allows us to share our love for people in our community, country and world. In other words, local, national, and international mission ministries