Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tim, October, 2013

posted Nov 1, 2013, 1:02 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 1:02 PM ]

Dear Members and Friends of Leola United Methodist Church,

           It has been said that evangelism is the lifeblood of the church.  This simply means telling the good news of Jesus Christ to other people.  We do that by sharing our faith with our friends and neighbors.  Jesus commissioned us to, “Go therefore and make disciples…”  (Matt. 28:19)

          Several months ago I wrote that faith sharing is God's idea.  This month I would like to explore love as the motive for sharing our faith.  We learn from First John that “God is love.” (I. John 4:8).  Throughout the pages of the Bible we discover how much God loves all people.  When persons strayed or turned their backs on God, God continued to love them.  The two, God and love cannot be separated, because “God is love.”

          Loving others does not come naturally.  We are not born with it.  We learn the importance of love from our parents and later from our Sunday school teachers and pastors.  From an early age we are encouraged to love other people.

          Not everyone will respond to God's amazing love; however God continues to love the individual.  There might be people who reject God's love.  As we know there is risk involved with love.

          We do not earn God's love; we simply receive it as we would any gift.   It has been said that John 3:16 encompasses the entire gospel in just one verse, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” 

          We receive God's love as a gift.  In turn we take that gift and go forth living and revealing that love with all we meet.  As modern day disciples of Jesus and servants of the living God, we go forth loving people.  Love is revealed not only by our words but also by our actions.  We love people deemed to be unlovable.  Even persons we may not care for we still show love.  Because love is also a command we show love to others even when we do not feel like it.

          We share our faith because of the overwhelming experience of the love of God.  We need not hesitate sharing our faith, asking people to say “yes” to God because God has already said “yes” to them.  “For the love of Christ urges us on…”  (2 Cor. 5:14.)

          This month may we step out in faith, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with another person.  A recent survey claims that 9 out of 10 people will respond in a positive way, so what is stopping us?

          As always, I invite your comments.

          See you in church!


Your Pastor,

Pastor Tim