What about the great commission?
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matt 28:19
The Theme of the NT is love.
We love each other because he loved us first. 1 john 4:19
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matt 22:37-40
Who is your neighbor? _____________________
“Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. 37 The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”Luke 10:36-37
…But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. 1 Cor 12:31
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Cor 13:3
The Church Runs Where God Runs
It is easy to learn hate .. We have to learn to love.
Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them! 3 So Jesus told them this story: Luke 15:1-3
Parable of the lost sheep, lost coin, lost son
1) God loves and misses every person who is away from him.
Everyone you will ever meet or know about is loved and important to God.
Who do you hate? Who do you dislike?
Who means nothing to you?
2) Finding and retrieving those who are away from God is important to God.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God runs toward the unsaved, and he waits till his children turn around before he runs.
Do I love people enough to care if they know the Father in Heavens love?
3) When found, heaven celebrates.
Has there been a party thrown in your honor?
If you are a child of God, do you need to turn back?
As the body of Christ, We run to who God runs to.