People will know who we are by our love. Every church should be known by the way its members care for one another and for the whole creation. Some churches are known for their worship, preaching, and music; others are known for their great youth and children’s ministries; while still others are known by their great location, beautiful building, and spacious parking lot. These characteristics are useful if your objective is to get the attention of people to come and visit your church. However, if your church’s goal is to keep people growing in faith and continuing their participation in the life and ministry of your congregation, it is important that your whole effort is driven by love—your love of God and love of others.
—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
What can your faith community do to be more fully known for demonstrating God’s love? Join the conversation.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
—1 John 4:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:
Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
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