Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)
We are a church seeking to grow in love for God, love for one another, and love for our neighbor.
This means growing in worship and discipleship. Love for God compels us to glorify him above all things, and worship is central to this (1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Peter 2:9-10). Further, love for God motivates us to obey and imitate him (Matt. 28:20; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:1-2). Thus, the Christian life is to be one of ongoing growth in sanctification—putting sin to death and walking in joyful obedience.
Loving One Another
This points to our corporate life together. The New Testament describes the church as the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-13, 27). All of us as members of his body are to love one another (1 John 4:7), serve one another (Gal. 5:3), build up one another (1 Thess. 5:11), and bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2). We are to love one another with brotherly affection and outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10-11).
Loving Our Neighbor
Jesus explained neighbor-love by pointing to the Good Samaritan who cared for someone in great need who came into his life unexpectedly (Luke 10:25-37). Through service and evangelism we express God's love to the world around us. This begins right where we are—with co-workers, friends, relatives, and literal neighbors. However, our commission to love our neighbor goes beyond these close circles—to the ends of the earth. Our strategy to spread the love of God to the ends of the earth is through planting churches—locally, nationally, and internationally as God allows.
Finally, we love God, love one another, and love our neighbors for the glory of God, whose name is greater than any name, whose purposes encompass all things, and whose gospel provides the only hope for the world.