Monday, July 10, 2017

Fully Loved

THE COMMAND GIVEN to us by the Lord, was to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)  It is this command that drives our Mission Statement which is, “To love God and to make God’s love known.”

Our Mission Statement’s purpose is to give guidance on how we can reach the Vision Statement which we shared with you in last week’s Shepherd’s Staff: “To see God fully glorified and His kingdom fully realized.” As you can see both our Vision and our Mission Statements have an upward and an outward dimension. Too often a church will find itself stuck in one direction and neglecting the other, this is not what our Lord had in mind.

Our desire here at Felton Bible Church is to be a fellowship of Jesus’ disciples that are lifting our hands in praise to God while at the same time stretching our arms out in need-meeting compassion. Both these actions are indicative of a life that seeks to offer up self-denying love to God and to others.

The prophet Hosea wrote of our God’s heart, “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and the acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6) The best way we can truly worship God is by obeying that which moves the heart of God; caring for the needs of others. As we love those around us by meeting their needs, whether it’s feeding the hungry or listening to the lonely, we are in a very tangible way offering true worship to God.

So, my friend, what holy work will you undertake to bring forth holy worship to our Lord? How will you put forth outstretched arms so you can lift up holy hands in worship? You see, it’s more than just a Mission Statement to write upon the wall of the church, it is a command to write upon our hearts and our hands to the glory of His Name.

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