It’s easy for a church to make a vision statement that sound catchy with beautiful wording. We wanted our vision to simply line up with Christ words in scripture. To be so simple that it is unforgettable, yet deep and true that we wouldn’t want to forget it. What is the vision? Jesus teaches, that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God and the second is like it to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40). Jesus then leaves his disciples with a commission to go and be his church. That is our mission to follow His greatest commandments, take up His commission, and to be His church.

Vision

Love GOD

 
The GREATEST commandment is built here Love God. This is our calling, our missions, it is the bases of the first four commandments in the ten commandments, and it is right at the heart of Christ. We are to follow this commandment first and for most. Here are some ways we show our love for God:
 
  – By submitting to Christ as Lord and Savior of this world. We are now God’s children and walk in His light. We show our love for Him in walking our new life out. (1 John 3:1-10)
 
  – We show we Love God by our obedience to His Word and commands. (1 John 5:3-5)
 
  – We love God with our love for one another in the Body (John 13:35)
 
  – We love our love for God in serving the least of these. (Matthew 25:40)
 
  – We show God we love Him in sharing the Gospel with those that do not know Him. (1 Timothy 4:6-16)

Love People

 

Loving People is actually much harder than Loving God for most people. We are selfish, sinful, dishonest, and simply different which causes division and an inability to be naturally loving to everyone. Nevertheless, the call remains, we are to “love our neighbor as ourselves”. Here’s how we can start to do this:
 
  – Not compromising the Word of God for the sake of emotions or feelings. We do by every Word of God (Matt. 4:4) and we cannot trade God’s Word for human thought or traditions. (Matthew 15:6
 
  – Esteeming others higher than yourself. (Philippians 2:3)
 
  – Serve others (1 Peter 4:10)
 
  – Use your spiritual gifts to encourage and reach others (1 Corinthians 13)
 
  – Live out 1 Corinthians 13 in your thoughts of love for everyone.

Be The Church

 
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We carry His Spirit everywhere that we go, but many today do not act or think this way. We have made the church and event, service, and a place of gathering. However, this was never God’s intention.
The church is to Christ as a wife is to her husband as Ephesians 5:25-27 tells us, Christ did not give his life for a service, He did not leave His glory in heaven for an event, and He certainly would not have taken up His cross for a place of gathering. God had a beautiful place of gathering in Jerusalem with the temple. If a place or location was God’s concern it would still be standing today but God’s focus was on the love and unity of His disciples not the wellbeing of a location. Because of this, we strive to teach all believers what it means to be His church by looking at the earliest examples within New Testament. To Love God and Love People is a vital part of being the church, but we often lack the direction and discipline to make that our common life practice. So how did the disciples grow the church.  I think the best example we find of the church growing in love for God and others can be found in Acts 2:42-47