This past week we learned to love our enemies. This is one of the most provocative statements of Christ. It pushes us all to the brink of our wherewithal because it’s so counter-intuitive. The world says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.” Yet, Christ says to go beyond this and demonstrate love for those who persecute you and speak poorly of you or treat you with contempt. This mindset and shift in behavior demonstrates the attitude of God who sends the rain to fall on the good and the bad. If you only love those who love you, how are you any different than anyone else? God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were sinners, He sent Christ into the world to save us from our sin. That’s a world-changing reality thought up in the mind of God.
This week we start a new series called “The Names of God” in which we focus on the different names of God and how each name reveals His nature and character to us. We tend to think simply of God being God and leave it at that, but there’s much more to His nature than that. The names of God help to define Him to us. They reveal who He is and how He cares for His creation. This Sunday we’re going to see God as our Creator and how He demonstrates His power and dominion in the action of creation. Do you realize you follow the plans of a master architect? God is an architect who designed and created you with great purpose in His mind. Do you realize that when you are in His presence worshipping Him, you order your life around His power and dominion? This Sunday we start this new series highlighting the names of God and discover how each name has meaning for us today.
We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. This would be a great time to invite a friend to come to church and help them get to know about God and His nature. See you Sunday!