When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment of all, his answer was clear and concise: Love God and love your neighbor (Mark 12:28-31). This is what matters most to Jesus. How do we live a life that pursues the great command to love God with our all and to love our neighbor as ourselves? This series serves as a way to begin a new conversation in our church family and asking are we truly doing what matters most to Christ. What is the evidence that we truly love God and love our neighbor?

It is clear that we live in a Post-Christian culture. With over 300 million people in the USA, the research shows that about half of that number is unchurched. A hundred fifty million people living in our neighborhoods, towns and communities – this is more people than the entire population of Mexico and just less than that of Russia. Just next door is the greatest mission field opportunity for the church in the USA ever. The problem: they don’t trust us. Many have a negative view of the church – they believe we are bigots, racists, radicals, homophobic, hypocrites and hateful.  Those of us who are Christians and active in church life know that this is not true (the church does have sinners who may struggle with some of these sinful attitudes just like all of society but this does not dominate the thinking or beliefs of the Christian community). We find the church to be loving, forgiving, caring, sacrificial and unselfish. How can we help our neighbors see what the church is really like? The answer is simple and yet so challenging – they have to get to know us and we have to get to know them. In other words, be good neighbors. 

This is not a new church program. This is a call to begin to focus our lives on doing what Christ said matters the most.  It is my hope that this will be the beginning of a “love revival” that will lead us to love God deeper and love our neighbors daily as we live in our neighborhoods and build long lasting relationships. May God help us, may Christ inspire us, and may the Holy Spirit empower us to be great neighbors because we serve a great God.

Steve Yates
Senior Minister

Feb 26, 2017
The World’s Greatest Neighbors
1 Corinthians  9:19-23
  • Feb 26, 2017The World’s Greatest Neighbors
    Feb 26, 2017
    The World’s Greatest Neighbors
    1 Corinthians  9:19-23
  • Feb 19, 2017From Building Compounds to Living In Community
    Feb 19, 2017
    From Building Compounds to Living In Community
    Luke 6:27-36
  • Feb 12, 2017Striking the Balance: Gathering & Scattering
    Feb 12, 2017
    Striking the Balance: Gathering & Scattering
    Acts 2:42-47
  • Feb 5, 2017Actions Of A Good Neighbor
    Feb 5, 2017
    Actions Of A Good Neighbor
    2 Corinthians 5:16-21
  • Jan 29, 2017Do This and You Will Live
    Jan 29, 2017
    Do This and You Will Live
    Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 7:12
  • Jan 22, 2017Loving God with All Your Life
    Jan 22, 2017
    Loving God with All Your Life
    Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40
  • Jan 15, 2017So Simple and So Challenging
    Jan 15, 2017
    So Simple and So Challenging
    Mark 12:28-31; John 13:35-37; 1 John 4:10