Love God - Love People - Serve the World
Love God. The world is full of misdirected love that leads to pain, sorrow, and suffering. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he responded, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." (Matthew 22:37)
Loving God is the daily goal for every Christian, but it is specifically expressed in church life through our active participation in corporate worship through song, fellowship, and Christ-exalting preaching. When we gather as the church, we seek to build our love for God.
Love People. The fruit of loving God is loving people. When a person tastes and sees the goodness of God in their life, it naturally overflows into a love for others. This is why Jesus said in response to the question regarding the greatest commandment that the "second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39)
Loving all people is a privilege for every Christian, but it is uniquely expressed in church life through our genuine and loving care for one another in the church body by praying for, seeking the good of, loving, serving, and spending time with one another. (Philippians 2:1-4)
Serve the World. Just as a genuine love for God overflows into a genuine care for one another in the church, it also overflows into a love for the world and those in it who do not know of the glory of God. We long to see others come to know the goodness and majesty of God in their own lives.
Serving the world is expressed through Gospel proclamation and acts of service to those who are yet to trust in Christ as their Savior, whether in our community or in the uttermost parts of the earth. (Matthew 28:19-20)