Read Mark 12:28-32;Matt. 28:19,20
Are people going to be impressed with our knowledge or the fact that there is nothing that you could ever do that will make Him love you less as we saw in this past week’s small group study. Nothing can separate us from God’s love-not life or death, not angels or spirits, not the present or the future, and not powers from above or below. Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39 CEV.
Loving others that we will live like Jesus did and love the people that Jesus loved. We will reach out to the people that Jesus reached, the down and out, the sick, the poor, the broken and the forgotten. Nothing should separate us from those people.
The word “evangel” is simply the Greek word which means “good news,” or to share the good news of Jesus. Another common word for this is “gospel.” When a church community puts the great commission before the great commandment or in other words is not motivated by “love”, it loses its purpose of being “evangelical” or “evangelizing” in the first place.
At Grace we put effort into seeing people connected with the living God through Jesus, because we love God and we love what his kingdom is all about. We believe that the expansion of the Kingdom of God is the best thing for this world. Not only do we love Jesus, we love our neighbour, and truly believe that the best thing for our neighbour is Him! If a community is not motivated out of a sense of love but that of “Christian duty” then it begins to see people as projects, rather than objects of God’s love, that should be cared for and loved as well.
When we are motivated out of love it affects how we interact with everyone around us and we don’t see and treat people as our projects.
To reach people without a life giving relationship and bring them to a place of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ means that we have shifted our focus from just meeting the needs of those who already believe to becoming more inclusive of those who do not know Jesus and designing our ministries to be relevant and engaging to our community.