A Great Church!
Our mission and vision statements challenge us to be a great church by taking the Great Commandment and the Great Commission seriously – to love God, our neighbors, and the lost.
34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:34-40
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
February 2-3 – Love God
When Jesus is asked to identify the greatest commandment in the Law, he chooses Deuteronomy 6:5 – the command to love God first and foremost. As a church, we are calling our members to love God before anything or anyone else. God himself says, “I am the Lord; that is my name! When we love anything or anyone before God, we are robbing him of his rightful glory. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
February 9-10 – Love with Everything
We are growing in Christ to the extent that we are increasing our ability to love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. As a church, we want our members to mature in every aspect of their Christian walk. This growth includes our knowledge of God and his Word, our sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit, and having our values shaped by the gospel. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6-7).
February 16-17 – Love Your Neighbor
While Jesus was only asked for the greatest commandment, he adds a second commandment: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. The church was never intended to exist solely for itself. Jesus taught that his followers are to be salt and light, adding value and benefit to those around them. He used the parable of the Good Samaritan to show that you can’t truly love without action. As a church, we are challenging our members to show love God’s love in practical, tangible ways.
February 23-24 – Vision Weekend
The first three weekends of this series will be based on the first and second greatest commandments – to love and people. Vision Weekend is based on the Great Commission: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20). As a church, we have accepted the responsibility to reach lost people at home and around the world.