Newsletter February 1, 2017

A WORD FROM THE PREACHER

By Bob Ponchot

THE GOSPEL OF LOVE

  The Gospel of Christ is defined in 1 Corinthians 15 as the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. But the motivation behind the gospel is the Love of God. John 3:16 begins with the words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...” The character of God is love. This is stated in 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

  Did you get that? GOD IS LOVE. That’s His nature, His character. We preach the love of God and then demonstrate the love of God in our words and deeds. The good news is about love and not hate. You cannot be a follower of Jesus without loving that which He created.

  Christians are to love people; all people. The gospel seed within us is a seed of love for all human beings, even our enemies. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”

  All people are created in the image and likeness of God. This has nothing to do with skin color. We are like God in our ability to reason, have compassion, love, and use our God-given minds to excel in this life. This certainly sets us apart from the animal kingdom. You can’t be His child if you love only certain people. We are to love all. And this love is the love of Christ that shines out from every believer. ARE YOU GETTING THIS?

  The beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that He came to earth to establish a kingdom, the church, a family; made up of all kinds of people who would love one another. That love for each other is intended to change this world for God and good. Christians are, indeed, the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world.” If you really want to define biblical love, read 1 Corinthians 13:4-13.

  1 John 4:7 says, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” How we treat one another, in and out of the church, speaks volumes to God and to others. While “love makes the world go around,” it is the love of God that will ultimately turn this world around for God and good.

HOW GOD SAW US IN DECEMBER
JANUARY 1: 45 $1926.00
JANUARY 8: 25 $1137.00
JANUARY 15: 48 $1744.00
JANUARY 22: 51 $1723.00
JANUARY 29: 55 $1180.00