The Purpose of ECC, part 3: Loving One Another
August 18, 2015
Below is the third part of a brief statement approved by the ECC Session to help further clarify what we mean by the ECC Purpose Statement. We are reminded that our primary God given calling is to be faithful followers of Jesus.
Our purpose statement also provides a process for how we intend to grow and live as followers of Jesus. We follow Jesus faithfully by loving God, loving one another, and serving the world. Hence our purpose statement, what we are trying to accomplish, is also our process for getting there.
In this post, we define what we mean by Loving One Another.
The Purpose of Evangelical Community Church
Following Jesus by Loving One Another
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jesus, John 13:34-35
A sign of authentic discipleship is genuine Christian love for one another. As we grow deeper in our love for God through worship and recognize His great love for us, we respond by sharing that love with one another.
Service to the family of God begins with the way we treat our spouses, our children, our parents, our siblings.
But the core of Christian identity is Jesus and so all who share this identity are members of God’s family. We love this family by participating in community. We serve each other. We praise together, pray together, share meals together, learn together, celebrate together, weep together, raise children together, labor together—we live life together.
As Christ’s love for us was sacrificial, so too, we must have a sacrificial love for our fellow believers. Our hardships and our blessings are shared.
God’s love, mercy and grace are made visible through the community of His people. In that community we persevere by lovingly speaking the word of God to each other. There is no discipleship without the Church. We follow Jesus together.