Celebration Sunday 2023
Series: Celebration Sunday 2023
This morning we had a chance to look back and celebrate all of the life change that happened due to the saving power of Jesus! It was an encouraging morning full of joy.
Pastor Alex reminded us that we do what we do because of the gospel. The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that through faith in Him, we can be forgiven and reconciled to God.
In Matthew 22:34-39, Jesus says to the Pharisees that had asked what the greatest commandment was. Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Pastor Alex pointed out that the "loves" in this passage are not commands, but are Truths. Love God IS the greatest commandment. Love others IS the commandment. All of the other laws hang on these two. Everything else in life takes care of itself when you live out the first two commandments.
We need to recognize the extravagant love He has for us. Too often we just make life all about us. We see mirrors that point to us, and we miss out on all that God is doing. Thankfulness frees us to trade in our mirrors for windows. Instead of life being "all about me", we can focus on the people that are right in front of us.
Take time this week to list out the things you are thankful for in Christ, and in life. It will change your perspective, and it will be something you can celebrate!