May 6, 2018
Before New Day started the Lord began to deal with me about the mission and focus of WHO we are as a church. We certainly aren’t there yet, but we are building toward it. I see glimpses of it already happening inside you, especially those who attend New Day on a regular basis. And truthfully, that excites me.
Our MISSION is simple – to REACH people (as many as we can) right where they are with God’s LOVE so they can be TRANSFORMED.
I want to make this statement – We are not in the TRANSFORMATION business. We are in the LOVING business.
We do our part – LOVE people. God will do His part – TRANFORM lives.
At New Day we LOVE endlessly, relentlessly and passionately AND I know as a result God will transform many lives through our efforts.
The mission of New Day is summed up in one parable that Jesus shared. A story of a man who LOVED endlessly, relentlessly and passionately.
And before we read the story together, what I don’t want to happen, is for any of us to say, “okay, I need to be more like this or like that” or even say “I need to do _________ now”. I hope and pray we can get a glimpse into why Jesus shared this amazing story and understand the WHY behind the what. The relational behind the functional!
I believe as we go through this story it will greatly impact our life today and beyond.
People all around us are crying out to God in their pain and confusion. They are looking for someone to come around them in these vulnerable places and be a conduit for the love of God.
God wants to pour Himself out through us, but are we ready and equipped for these moments?
Before we read the story, look at these words from Jesus –
34 “So I give you now a new[r] commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. 35 For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.”