Title: I Love My Church (By Loving My Neighbor) (Matthew 22:34-40)
Key Speaker: Amanda Wagoner-Meade
Jesus, and others of his time, summed up the central ideas of faith by quoting a couple of scriptures. Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your might.” (In the version Matthew records, Jesus said “mind” instead of “might”.) Also, Leviticus 19:18 tell us to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
The common idea that Jesus stood in line with was that all of the details of life in the laws of God basically came down to these two broad understandings—love God, love people.
As September is a time of emphasizing stewardship, this passage is a terrific way of seeing the big picture. Stewardship is essentially the ways that we love God. So, we are going to celebrate that love this month as we focus on a vision for 2016 and beyond.
The last way Jesus speaks about loving God is in the second commandment he offers the lawyer. “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” We do this best when we are giving ourselves away on behalf of God. The cards we have collected and displayed over the last few weeks reveal an abundance of ways the members of FCC Jeffersonville do this in their church, their community and the world through their time, talents and tithes.
We are commanded to love all people as our neighbors because the world is crying out for it, because it is the only way we can heal our own brokenness and because the God we love desires it and knows it will bring us freedom.
Come celebrate our gifts and giving this final week of stewardship!