Vision - to be the church that the unchurched love to experience.
Mission - following Jesus, changing together.
What should determine the reputation of the church?
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT
Why does the church exist?
To make a difference by relentlessly loving those who are outside.
Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?” Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:27-32 NLT
Our church should be a hospital for sinners.
What we receive from the church is in direct proportion to what we are willing to give to the church.
There is no love without sacrifice.
What does it look like to intentionally love the church?
*love by connecting
*love by serving - saved people serve people
*love by giving
*love by sharing
Church: It's not about you.
It's about those who are still lost & broken without Jesus.