LOVE the Gospel
“ …and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
— Romans 5:5
It’s easy to talk about being a Christian and loving the Gospel. It’s an entirely different reality to actually love the Gospel to the point of personal sacrifice. In other words, it’s easier to talk about loving the Gospel than actualizing that love by way of daily practices.
Luke, a disciple of Jesus, understood this struggle.
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”(Luke 6:32–36)
It is not natural to love like this. The kind of love that God requires is not easy. Non-believers love only within the bounds of their comfort zone. They love those who love them and reject those who reject them. And why not? It makes living easier.
However, God calls believers to love the unloving and unlovely. It’s the kind of love that reflects Christ’s love in the Gospel. It is the same love that God shed abroad in our heart, as it is for unlovely. The gospel is our model and motivation for love (1 John 4:7-11).
Think for a moment about what God has done: He has lavished us with his love and then surrounded us with a group of people who are just as needy of that love, and then said, “Go and love one another and show this love to the world around you.”
An authentic community of faith should be especially sensitive to this love because its people should know how unlovely and unloving they were. They should know and esteem God’s love so highly that they long to express it to others.
In fact, how well we love others is a direct reflection on how well we love God. If we are not loving our spouse well, not loving our children well, not loving our co-worker well, not loving our school mate well, not loving our grocery store checker well, not loving our neighbor well, not loving our brothers and sisters in the faith, well … perhaps it’s because we’re not loving the Gospel well. If we do not love the Gospel, how can we possibly love ourself and others well?
Are you loving the Gospel well?
10:30 A.M. - Worship Gathering
(Come early and enjoy coffee and fellowship at 10 a.m.)
10:30 A.M. - StoryTime
(Children ages 3-8)
Our ministries are designed to be transformational. We want our people to develop a well-rounded theology of boots—a theology that shapes their own story into practical, ministry-centered living. This serves to Equip.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate expression of God’s love toward humanity. We stress discipleship as a means to help our people mature and grow in the knowledge of Christ in order to love God and help others discover the power of His story. This serves to Save.
The ultimate outcome for those who call Narratives home is to share the Gospel with their lives. Ideally, that transpires in the normal ebbs and flows of their daily lives, which we call rhythms. This serves to Send.