Crazy Love continues this week with Crazy for Community.
**My HOT husband set up the message by singing the Lenny Kravitz song “Love Revolution”. (Just had to throw that in… I know I’m a little biased, but it’s my blog, right? 🙂 )
Pete reminded us that our vision as a church can be summarized by these three statements:
- Intimacy with God
- Community with Insiders
- Influence with Outsiders
He then went on to explain how our vision or strategy is modeled after the patterns of Jesus’ life.
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.”
“He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.”
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. ‘And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Pete challenged us today about how we as Christians are living in Community. Are we living in love toward one another? Are we looking at each other and calling out the best from each other? Unfortunately we as Christians have failed miserably at this. Oftentimes we are the most judgmental and critical of others.
Pete shared three things that he believes Jesus was all about in regard to community and he challenged us as a church to get serious about living out these three things:
- Everybody’s welcome
- Nobody’s perfect
- Anything’s possible
How did this message affect you today? Which of these three things do you have the most trouble with?