Love Like Jesus

Love Like Jesus

What does it mean to love like Jesus? God loves you right where you are, but He loves you too much to leave you where you are. Loving like Jesus means embracing a life of surrender to Him. It’s more than a one-time prayer or consistent church attendance. It’s a gritty, heart-level posture that affects every area of life. And there’s always a next step.

As we read through scripture we can’t help but notice a path that God most often leads His people down. It starts with knowing and loving Him and leads to knowing and loving people. We’re convinced loving like Jesus is an invitation to…

Know God

Jesus teaches us in John 17:3; “…this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Knowing God relationally is so much more than just knowing about God. We were created to glorify God, which begins through a life-changing personal relationship with Him. God’s word reveals His infinite selfless love for us as He left heaven and came to earth to die for our sins. Loving like Jesus means knowing God by accepting Jesus as our Saviour.

Grow in Freedom

Jesus tells us in John 8:32; “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” Our salvation and eternity are secure the moment we accept Jesus as our Savior, but our spiritual maturity is a journey that doesn’t happen in isolation. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and a community of loving believers we can grow in Christ and learn to live in the freedom He paid for. Loving like Jesus means becoming more like Him.

 

Go Change the World

Jesus commands us in Matthew 28:19; “…go and make disciples…” We find great joy being obedient to Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us. We have freely received and freely we will give all that we are to further the greatest message ever! Loving like Jesus means going into the world and restoring people to a life-changing relationship with God through Jesus.

 

Cultural Values

We submit to God’s Word in all things
because God’s Word is the ultimate truth. (John 1:1 | 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We celebrate change
because a relationship with Jesus leads to a lifestyle of change. (Romans 12:2)
We sacrifice our preferences to reach others
because Jesus came to seek and save the lost. (Mark 10:45 | Luke 19:10)
We confront one another in love
because Jesus confronted us in love first. (Matthew 18:15 | Ephesians 4:15-16)
We forgive others
because Jesus forgives us. (Ephesians 4:32)
We prioritize community
because God calls us to live in relationship with one another. (Hebrews 10:25)
We cultivate Christ-centered families
because families are the foundation of every community. (Colossians 3:18-21)
We strive for unity in Christ
because Jesus calls us to live in unity. (John 17:20-23)
We give generously
because God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)
We pray boldly
because fulfilling God’s purpose for us is impossible without Him. (1 John 5:14)
We embrace God-sized vision
because without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
We commit to teach the next generation
because the future world needs Jesus. (Psalm 78:5-7)