This is the second of a three-part series about our DNA as a church and the biblical basis for what we do and why we do it. Last week, we looked at our purpose as a church and as individuals who make up the church. We were created and exist to glorify God; all created things are designed to glorify God:
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Psalm 19:1
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created…Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and virgins; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. Psalm 148:1-5, 11–13
Then we spent some time in Isaiah 43. In that passage, we are told that we were created by Him for His glory. How did Jesus glorify God His Father? In His prayer to His Father with the disciples, Jesus prayed:
“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. John 17:4
Jesus glorified the Father by accomplishing what He had been sent to do – in other words, through obedience, we glorify God. What has He called us to do? We find answers to that question in Scripture.
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3
abstain from every form of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18
But what is the most important commandment and how do we do this? Jesus was asked that question:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40
Although Jesus was asked this question from a scribe with less than honorable motives, He answered and His answer revealed His heart and purpose. The Scribes and Pharisees were hoping to trap Him with their question, but Jesus understood the heart of the law and summarized the essence in two commandments: Love God and Love Others.
Love God with all our being. What does that mean? To put Him first over the desires of our flesh, to trust Him and obey Him, to submit to Him and His will. We can only do this as we grow in our understanding of His love for us. This is not something we manufacture but something He gives us through the Holy Spirit. We love Him because He first loved us.
God’s love is perfect, selfless, and only does what is best for us. Our love is broken, selfish, and conditional, but the love of God can use our brokenness and failures for good. God died for you and me. He calls us by name and He died for our sin personally – He had you and me in mind on the cross. He knit you together and knew you before you were born. The Gospel is a declaration of what God has done, and it’s a proclamation.
The Gospel is the good news, the completed work of Christ. God’s love is global but it’s also very personal. God loves us because of His character and who He is, and He gives us a heart that is able to love Him. The primary purpose of Remedy is to glorify God by loving Him and loving others.
Love others as yourself. Loving God allows us to freely love others. When you experience the love of God, you will love others. The transforming of your heart by the love of God results in a love for others.
God demonstrated His love in a tangible, practical way and to glorify God, we love Him and love others. We glorify God when we act like Jesus: “I have glorified you by accomplishing all that you have sent me to do.” He obeyed His heavenly Father and gave His life for others. Our vision is to make much of Jesus so that others can see His beauty, know and experience His love, and walk with Him in the fullness of life.
Our vision is that we would be Jesus lovers, Jesus followers, disciples of Jesus. A disciple of Jesus Christ is someone who has been transformed by the love of God, which compels them to walk in the same manner in which Jesus walked. Our purpose is to glorify God. Our method is to love God and love others, and our objective is to be disciples who make disciples.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; Ephesians 4:11-12
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another….He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear….Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:25, 28-29, 32
We gather as a church body to build up so we can go out to reach our neighborhoods, our families, our coworkers, and the city. We come together for a specific purpose on Sunday morning: to equip the saints for the work of the ministry; to be built up, encouraged, refreshed, and restored.
Our purpose is to glorify God and we do that through loving Him and loving others. Compelled by His love, we make disciples who will make disciples.