There use to be a song that said, “What the world needs now is love sweet love.” While that is very true, love is most often defined as a feeling, and not an action. God’s love is something wholly different. It isn’t based on feelings, but truth and commitment to His promises, which is how we are supposed to mirror it on earth, but our selfish nature often gets in the way, and we continue to struggle.
At the heart of God’s love is His forgiveness in His Son for His death and resurrection! I believe what the world really needs right now, is more than a feeling (Sorry about the continued 70’s music references :). Forgiveness is costly, and is at the heart of Christian/Biblical love. God showed His love for us, by dying for us, so that we could be justly forgiven for our sin and hatred or indifference toward Him. It cost Him His Son’s life, and it will always cost us something to forgive those that have hurt us badly.
I am linking to Anchor Community Church’s website where you will find this same article, but attached to that article is a great piece entitled “Serving Each Other Through Forgiveness and Reconciliation” by Timothy Keller that I think is pretty important in our current climate in the world and in the church today! I pray you read it and you are blessed.
How do you know if you are serving the mission of God and not desiring a Consumer Church?
- I’m more ok with the fact that kids are in our after school program than I am concerned that they are messing with our stuff
- I am ok with homeless people showing up and eating all of our food, and disrupting our service
- I am ok with types of music that I do not like, but has significance for the people we are trying to reach with the gospel.
- I am ok with the fact that we do not have a large youth ministry, since I am more concerned that the bible is being taught, and people are on mission.
- I am looking for ways to serve, more than I am looking for ways to be served.
- I go to my Missional Community excited about the mission my community is on, not whether certain people are in the group or not.
- I am more excited about baptisms than new programs that feed my needs.
- I am more critical of social injustices in my community than I am of sermons, music, and the food at our meetings
- I care about families that are oppressed, and not my family alone.
- I have joy in my heart, knowing that I am serving the mission God has ordained!
Pray for our brother’s and sister’s who lost friends and family members in the senseless bombing by radicals in Karachi, Pakistan last week. Pray for the victims, as well as the perpetrators and for those involved in the much needed aid for these people. Pakistan is a hard place for the gospel, but not an impossible place. There are many great ministers of the gospel that risk their lives daily for the sake of the call! Please be in prayer for them!
Evangelism is one of those hard things to do because of our own fear and insecurity. The reality is, many of us have not shared with a non-believer in years. It appears too imposing, and could cause animosity rather than friendship. Remember our motivation to share Jesus with others is not to gain God’s favor. We will never be loved or accepted by God any more or any less that we already are in His Son Jesus. I pray that our motivation for telling others about Jesus, is because of our love for what Jesus has done, and is doing in our lives. We are also motivated by our love for our neighbor, and our desire that they too find the joy and peace of God in their life.The following is a condensed version of a talk Tim Keller did on evangelism at Lausanne. These are helpful, and unobtrusive.
- Let people around you know you are a Christian (in a natural, unforced way)
- Ask friends about their faith – and just listen!
- Listen to your friends problems – maybe offer to pray for them
- Share your problems with others – testify to how your faith helps you
- Give them a book to read
- Share your story
- Answer objections and questions
- Invite them to a church event (Or to church)
- Offer to read the Bible with them
- Take them to an explore course