What is your love of fellow believers revealing?

Christ’s high calling of love, which Christians are to show fellow believers, is meant to reveal authentic Christianity to the world.

 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. (John 13:34-35)

 The command of Christ to love one another is so high, that it becomes the identifying mark of true Christianity. It is so categorically different than the way the world loves that they know that you are not one of them. It is no small thing to love others as Christ has loved you. Did you deserve His love? Did you love Him first? No, in fact, you did nothing to deserve or earn His love.

 What requirements do you demand of others before you will love them as Christ loved you? If anything comes to mind, you may be loving like the world loves, not as Christ. His love for you is unconditional.

 Let the goal of loving fellow believers, as Christ loved you, be a primary goal of your life. Most often, this love is not revealed to the world when you are being loved perfectly; it is revealed when you are not being loved perfectly by others, but your love for them remains, as Christ’s love for you, steadfast.
Dr. Trey Talley, Lead Pastor and Elder
Author of The Missing Gospel of Modern Christianity


10 Steps to Becoming a Disgruntled Church Member

Step 1. Show up exactly on time or after the church service has begun.

Step 2. Look for anything and everything that could be wrong about the church (even though at one time you loved everything about the church) i.e., a song, an instrument, loudness, babies crying, not enough people my exact age, etc.

Step 3. Do not greet or engage anyone in conversation. Try to avoid people, get to your seat, and then sulk that no one spoke to you.

Step 4. Leave immediately after the church service has ended, or better yet, during the closing prayer.

Step 5. Find a reason to miss every Bible Study or fellowship opportunity that is offered during the week.

Step 6. Isolate yourself from the church as much as possible but blame the church for isolating you.

Step 7. Stop praying, checking on, and caring for the members of your church.

Step 8. Focus only on your unmet needs; do not vocalize them to anyone, and then get angry that they can’t read your mind.

Step 9. Work hard to find another disgruntled person who will commiserate with you.

Step 10. Create a final test of the church, that they will most likely fail at. Ex. “If no one asks how I am doing this Sunday (even though I showed up late and left early), then no one cares about me.”

Result: “I just don’t feel connected at my church anymore.  “I should look for another one.”