(Message given at Newberg Friends Church on October 5, 2014)
At our best, we know, receive and live in the love God has for us.
At our best, we’re confident in who we are as people loved by God, and so love tumbles out of us…we share God’s love with others! Turn with me to the book of Colossians.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all his people– the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true word of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world–just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. (Colossians 1:3-6, TNIV)
We’ve come to the last line of the vision statement, but we’re returning to the first part of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Hopefully you see how it’s a circle, a cycle…the lines of our vision statement all work together and build on each other. Continue reading