Relationships Take Work
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Relationships are hard work. It doesn’t take much reading of the scriptures to see that Jesus-followers are called to live in relationship with one another, and scripture wouldn’t continually encourage us to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving if being in relationship was such easy work!
Yet being in relationships with others is an essential part of following Jesus. In fact, this is one of Hope’s core principles.
We believe that relationships are central to following Jesus. We believe in a Heavenly Father who has always existed in a loving relationship with the Son and Holy Spirit. Because we are created in his image, we too are called to exist in relationship with him and with each other. Relationships are not a part of following Jesus; Living in relationship is following Jesus. (Matthew 22:34-40)
As our church family grows, it’s important that we continue to teach and stress our call of living in relationship with one another. At Hope, we aren’t interested in just filling the seats on a Sunday morning or to be welcoming for friendliness’ sake; we want to see more and more people live in relationship with Jesus and one another.
I’m not convinced church size actually makes a difference in forging relationships. As Hopesters, we want to continue to be kind, compassionate, forgiving, and welcoming. And yet, whether we are a big church or a small church, being in relationships is an intentional choice, no matter how many people surround you.
My hope is that you have found people to be in relationship with, but if you haven’t, we have plenty of Men’s and Women’s groups, Hope Groups, Bible studies, and ways to serve and meet others. We’d love to help you get connected. Please email Mark Hershey, our Connection Pastor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Heb. 10:24-25
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 1 Thess. 2:8