Two weeks ago, Jon preached a sermon on salt and light taken from Matthew 5:13-16. We continued the conversation this week in our small groups.
I love that in our small groups we take the seed that was planted on a Sunday morning and go deeper. Instead of one person’s perspective, we now have five or six God speaks through.
The discussion included passages from John 13:34,35, 1 John 1:7, and Acts 2:42-47.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34,35
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had a need.” – Acts 2:44,45
A couple weeks ago I was listening to a sermon by Francis Chan. He was preaching on these verses. He mentioned,”When was the last time someone walked into a church and was amazed by the people’s love for each another?” He went on to say, it is through our love for one another others will come to know Christ.
This statement challenged me. I do think we do a pretty good job of this at The Door, but there is always room to grow, right?
When was the last time you saw this kind of love happening in the church? Someone selling something and giving to another. Everyone having enough and giving freely. Eating together regularly. Praying together. Meeting together every day. Miraculous signs and wonders.
I want this kind of love, the love that changes us and those around us, love that inspires belief in the unbelieving.
Yet, practicing this kind of love is not always easy. This kind of love nudges us in the direction of that thing that feels so very hard to do. The love that says yes when our insides scream “no, it feels uncomfortable” or “it will take too much time” or “I have enough on my own plate right now.”
This is not meant to be judgement. It is what I am wrestling with, and what I hope we as a church body wrestle with too. We can use tracts, evangelism, and activism to reach people but when it comes down to it…
Isn’t it Jesus love in us and for each other, that people will see and want?
Next week’s post: Looking back at what “mission” has looked like at The Door – C2C and our involvement with Food for the Hungry.