Jesus said that loving your neighbour is like loving God with all your heart, soul and mind. So what does this loving others with your 'whole-self' look like? How can we love each other with our heads, hearts and hands?
When it comes to putting on and putting off, Paul has a few words to say about 'words'. But words are not only spoken, they are also heard. Is it possible that there is more to 'walking in the way of love' with our words than, 'don't tell lies', 'stop swearing' and 'say good things'? How do we love one another with both what we say and how we listen? This week we were reading from Ephesians 4-6.
As Paul details what 'walking in love' looks like we bump into a lot of 'putting off' and 'putting on'. Things to stop and things to start. But to be honest 'stopping' some stuff is much more difficult to do than read about, at times even impossible. Within the community of people who are 'walking in the way of love' our 'putting on' can make the impossible, possible ... let's consider the 'way' of Ephesians 4-5 from a new perspective.
"Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.” Ephesians 4:28
There are so many useful and good things we need to do. And so many useless and destructive stuff we need to stop. In Ephesians 4-5 the list is long, it is not exhaustive but it can be exhausting. But what is the ONE thing that Jesus wants from us above all this? Read Ephesians 4:1-5:2 and consider what “living a life worthy of your calling” and “walk in the way of love” might mean for you personally and for us as a community at CBC.
"I heard you the first time!" Yes, you did and probably many more times over. But we need not only constant reminders of God's love, we also need a stronger grasp and deeper experience of his love. To walk in the way of love includes loving others, but always begins with being loved, and not just somewhere in the past but living in a relationship of love in the present. So please be patient and hear God's words once again "I choose you, because I love you!"
When the way of truth and the way of love are combined into ONE they become a unique, life-altering and world-impacting way! Over the next 8 weeks, we will continue considering Jesus' call to “love ONE another” by spending time in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus. Here we find a beautiful and insightful blend of truth and love. Paul describes this as a ‘way’, a path to be walked on, a lifestyle to be lived. On this first week, we begin in Ephesians 1-2 where Paul declares this great truth concerning God’s love for us: 'I choose you!’.
This Sunday morning guest speaker Tom McIvor revisited how important it is to be connected to each other in community. Tom looked at passages from Romans during his message. We discussed some questions after Tom's message, which were:
What has been your experience of no gaps at CBC, good or bad?
What do you think would help create a no gaps culture at CBC?
What could you do personally to reduce the gaps at CBC and show love to one another?
This Sunday Andrew shared his vision and passion for what could be the CBC culture around faith and finance. How can someone engage in worshipful and generous giving at CBC? Andrew answered this and gave us practical processes for considering your personal giving and how to action this. We also include a break down of the current financial situation at CBC.
Money is just the currency of our ‘stuff’. The Giver of all good things entrusts this ‘stuff’ for a short season to us. So what do I do with it? This Sunday took a look at the story of the church of Macedonia and the church of Corinth and Paul’s instruction to them found in 2 Corinthians 8-9.
Generous, thoughtful, prayerful, proportionate giving is encouraged. And to those entrusted with this generous giving, wise stewardship is required. What does it look like as a giver to be ‘blessed’.