"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’.
Yes family does matter around here. When it comes to Loving One Another at CBC not only do we need to be contributors but we also need to learn how to honour the generational diversity of our CBC Family.This Sunday we will consider the story of Timothy and how he experienced the richness of loving and being loved by both young and old in his life.
Paul uses the picture of a family to help Timothy better relate to people who are older and younger in his life. The questions we looked at after this morning's message where:
- How does this picture help or not help you?
- What do you think this picture was intended to mean?
- What can you do to become closer to and value those who are a different generation than your own here at City Bible Church?