SENT to LOVE. That’s the simple understanding of the intent of Jesus for His church. We love because we are loved, and we send because we are sent.
John 3:16-18 declares God’s love for us. 1st John 4:7-11 reminds us that we were loved first, so we are compelled now to love first. John 20:21 asserts that we are sent as Jesus was sent to us. Matthew 28:18-20 gives us our purpose (to make disciples), while John 13:34-35 gives us our method (to love one another). We are grateful for the grace in which we stand, and we hope to embody that same love and forgiveness given to us so that others also might believe in the One who was sent (John 17:18-23).