Sun, May 13, 2018

Grow and Connect

by Chris Russell

This is Us week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 13, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The series we are in right now is called This is Us. It is a series that reminds us of who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do. I want us to look beyond the day to day grind and zoom out from the details of our broken relationships for a little bit and focus on God’s big picture for our lives. So let’s start off by having you finish this sentence…. My number one goal in life is ____________________. Let’s look at this first from a worldly viewpoint. Now what about for those of us who profess to follow after Jesus? 1 Corinthians 14:1 Why love? Because the Bible tells us that God is love…. not that He HAS love, but that He IS love… and God’s greatest desire is for us to be more like Him. People looking for meaning in their lives and usually ending up aiming their arrows and placing their trust at the wrong targets. Instead of love being their greatest aim, instead of love being at the center, they put something else there instead. Mark 12:30-31 If you go all through life it doesn’t matter how much you acquire, and how much you achieve, and how many accomplishments you make and how many rewards or how famous you become. None of that matters. One day you’re going to stand before God and he’s going to say, “Did you learn to love me? That’s why I sent Jesus so you could learn to love me. And did you learn to love other people? Because that’s what I put you on earth to do. It’s all about love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 These four words “Do everything in love” are easy to say but extremely difficult to live out. So how do we do everything in love? We follow the advice of… 1 John 4:7 There are no shortcuts here. You have to practice. The same goes for us in learning how to love God and one another. It’s easy to love people who love you. That’s no problem. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about loving the unlovely. Loving the difficult. Loving the irritable. Loving the people who are different, who are demanding. Loving people all around you who you don’t FEEL like loving. 1 Timothy 4:15 John 13:35 It is our signature in life. How we love one another is supposed to be the PRIMARY way that the rest of the world takes notice that we are for real, that we genuinely and sincerely believe that there is a God who is crazy about us and that He has an amazing plan for our lives and that that plan truly makes a difference, not just here on Earth but for eternity. John 13:15 John 13:34-35 No longer is it just “love your neighbor”… now it’s love one another. No longer is it up to us to define who we want to consider a neighbor, now Jesus is saying that love is the primary aim in how we treat EVERYBODY. This is the kind of people we want to be…. this is the kind of church family we want to be. When it comes to this kind of love, let it be said that you are this kind of person… let it be said that I am this kind of person…when others see how we love each other and treat each other and support each other and do life together let us be able to say “This is the real me, this is my real church, THIS IS US.”
Series:This Is Us
Duration:33 mins

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Community Church of Waterford
65154 County Road 21
Goshen, Indiana 46526

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