Our aim is to know and show the love of Jesus, simple as that.
We see this fulfilled through four key values: sound biblical teaching, genuine worship, honest community, and intentional outreach.
Sound Biblical Teaching
Followers of Jesus are committed and obedient to God’s Word. The whole of Scripture is breathed out by God to equip the believer for every good work. We know the love of Jesus through the Bible and show the love of Jesus by being obedient to it.
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Followers of Jesus worship God with their whole person. The Christian faith is not to be relegated by some religious compartment but rather it should permeate every sphere of our lives. We know the love of Jesus by experiencing God’s presence and show the love of Jesus by offering our lives in service of him.
115 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Followers of Jesus are committed to one another. The church should be marked by their love and care for each other as well as their commitment to confess and repent of sin and pursue holiness together. We know the love of Jesus by receiving grace from our brothers and sisters and we show the love of Jesus by extending grace to them.
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:14
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Followers of Jesus are committed to proclaiming the gospel. Jesus bled and died for the whole world and in the same way, believers should expend themselves to reach the lost. We know the love of Jesus by cultivating a heart for the “least of these” and show the love of Jesus through proclaiming the good news and practicing good works.
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20
20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.