Presentation on theme: "The Towel Brigade …Loving one another as He has loved us …"— Presentation transcript:
1The Towel Brigade …Loving one another as He has loved us …
2The Towel Brigade … John 13:34-35 The Message “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”
3The Target …Living very Close to the Heart of Jesus … What are God’s priorities?
4“Lifting People through the Power of the Cross” Lifted to Love Lifted to Worship Lifted to Serve Lifted to Grow Lifted to Reach
5Hitting the Target of God’s Priorities… Loving God and Loving people
6Matthew 22:36-4036 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
7John 13:34-35“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
8“Fellowship of the Towel Community.” Everyone sensed they belong and are accepted.Everyone practiced affirmation in our caring and speechEveryone was valued because of their uniqueness as God’s very gifted and valued personWhere when in trouble there was an urgent call and all appropriate gifts responded with “Skin On.”
9The call to allow God’s New Command to capture us…
10The Radical (New) Jesus ethic …Towel Lessons … Love the NEW COMMAND of Christ ~ John 13:34Love as a life giving family ~ Hebrews 13:1Love by serving one another ~ John 13:4-5Love as Jesus loves us ~ I John 13:34Love even when it’s costly ~ I John 4:10-12Love even when our love is rejected I John 3:13-16Love in Word and Deed I John 3:16-20Loving one another the Priority ~ Matthew 22:39
12Let my Christianity change my everyday living levels. I John 4:19-2119 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
13Practical ways to practice loving… The little things … Seeking ways to demonstrate KindnessBe careful not to disregard, dismiss or discount3. Quickly clear up conflict and misunderstanding or hurt.4. Love in both Word and Deed
14Promises of obeying Jesus in this command …John 15:9-17 Experience the love of the Father vs. 9-10I will experience His Joy vs. 11I am given Insider information vs. 15I will gain a deeper sense of His appointment and purpose vs. 16I will experience greater dimension of fruitfulness vs. 16My prayer life will be more effective vs. 16
15Impact on our world…John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”The church becomes salty again …2. The world gets a clue…Our friends realize that what we experience in Christ and with each other is …”Exactly what they Need!”
16This kind of Community is Supernatural … I John 4: This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
17Are we on Target?Transforming Communities are a people who have been transformed by Christ and impacting everyone they touch…Loving God with Everything in you …Loving others (neighbors) as you do yourself…