We are a team at FredWes – every member has a position to play and the team wins as each member plays his position and gets wins at that position. Each of us matters and it matters to the team what we do.
We are a body – every member has an equally important place in that body and must find it for the body to become healthy and growing.
Our Unity – comes from surrendering to God:
Our Community – comes from serving in the church in the Spirit
How do we preserve and maintain this healthy climate in the church?
“Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” Romans 12:9-10
PURITY = MATURITY, as in, mature love. That is what we have seen displayed in Jack and Leita Reedy over the years they have served FWC. It is the love that Gerald and Brenda have modeled when they led the church and even now as they serve.
Once a team, once a body finds the unity and community that are essential to a godly, growing, healthy church – then they must maintain it. How?
PURE LOVE THAT IS MATURE IS:
1) HONEST – “Love must be honest and true……”
This deals with your motives. Honest love isn’t manipulative. Honest love faces the hard truth of selfish love and repents of it. Get real with God!
2) HOLY – “…..hate what is evil….”
This deals with your Master. Who is the source of your love? How do you get it? You have to hate your selfish love to get sincere love. This will take some true repentance. It will require some discipline. You can’t love and hate at the same time.
3) HELPFUL – “….hold onto what is good….”
This deals with your mission. The purpose of believers is to be confront the evil in the world with the goodness of God!
4) HEARTY – “…..love each other deeply…..”
This deals with your meaning. Are you going to devote your life to self-seeking or are you going to invest in others? Are you willing to be vulnerable? Will you risk getting hurt by others in order to be able to help them?
5) HUMBLE – “…..honor others more than yourselves.”
This deals with your maturity. Are you willing to stand in the shadows and shine the spotlight on others? Are you willing to be a “nobody” to help make “somebodys”. Will you decrease so others can increase?
THIS IS PURE LOVE!
THIS IS POWERFUL LOVE!
THIS IS CHRISTIAN LOVE!
THIS IS CONTAGIOUS LOVE!
WILL TO COMMIT TO LOVE: