The Church’s Mission Is Nothing Less

Jesus speaks of going, evangelizing, making disciples, and planting churches that plant churches to continue the process.  Therefore the mission of the church is nothing less than bringing the entire world to Christian faith and maturity.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 217

A Visible Manifestation of Love

A loving church is a visible manifestation of deep Trinitarian love where people can connect to and live out the inner life of the Father, Son and Spirit on their mission of fulfilling the great commision.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 211

The True Indicator of the Heart

In many ways, the tongue is an indicator of the heart, because, as Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34).  The disciple of Jesus learns to speak under the discipline of the Holy Spirit, who enables him or her to speak truthfully in love in a manner that is appropriate to both the hearer and for Jesus, who is listening to our words.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 202

A Loving Church Practices Solitude

A loving church practices solitude.  Solitude is fasting from people for a prescribed period of time to connect with God and replenish the soul.  This solitude might take place for a few minutes of a few days.  It oftens includes personal and environmental silence. 

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 198

Information Does Not Lead to Transformation

Sadly, some Christians believe that information alone will result in transformation.  However, the entire point of study is to repent of what grieves the Lord and become increasingly transformed to be more and more like Jesus.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 197

Commanded Not Only to Love, But Who to Love

Not only does Scripture command Christians and churches to love, but it also tells us who we are to love. 

  1. We are to love God (Matthew 6:24; 22:39)
  2. We are to love our family (Ephesians 5:25; 6:1-4; Titus 2:4)
  3. We are to conduct ourselves in such an honoring and respectful way that our church leaders find it a joy to pastor us, which is a practical way of loving them (I Timothy 5:17; Hebrews 13:17)
  4. We are to love fellow Christians (I John 3:14)
  5. We are to love our neighbor even if our neighbor is a despicable person (Matthew 22:39; Luke 10:30-37; Romans 13:9-10; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8)
  6. We are to love strangers (Hebrews 13:2)
  7. We are to love even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-45; Luke 6:32)

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 195

We Can Love Even When We Don’t Feel Loving

Because God commands us to love, we must acknowledge that while it can and should include our emotional feelings, it is not based solely upon them.  Despite our emotions it is always possible to obey God and love because of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, who has connected us to the source of all love.  Thus we can love even we are not feeling loving.  That is why the Bible likens love to a fruit of the Spirit’s work in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 5:5; II Timothy 1:7).

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 194-195