Love One Another

Todd Malone

 

34 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. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [Jn 13:34–35 (ESV)]

John 13: 34-35 will be the theme for 2019. The key to people knowing that we are Jesus’ disciples is not how much do at the church or even how much we tell others about Jesus. The key is how much we love one another. It’s also in the way we love one another. We are to love one another the same way that Jesus loved us. That is an impossible standard, so we fall before Jesus and ask for His help.

We will start 2019 by looking at the events where John 13 occurs: the Upper Room. This is Jesus’ final major teaching time with His disciples, and He says a lot about how we must relate to one another. That will take us to Easter.

After Easter, we will read the first five books of the Bible together as a church. That sounds daunting. Sometimes Christians see these books as irrelevant to us today. But we will see they have much to say about how sinful people should relate to a holy God. In that context, it also gives principles for how sinful people should relate to each other.

The Summer series will be topical, looking at our lives together as a church. The Fall will focus on Ephesians, an amazing book about our relationships.

An emphasis on relating to one another is not meant to be just about us. As Jesus said in John 13, it is to be one of the keys to reaching a world around us.

CELEBRATING DAVID FISHER

There will be a special retirement reception honoring David Fisher on Sunday, January 27 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in Room 201 of the Church Offices Building. Please come and let David know how much his years of faithful service on staff at Fellowship have meant to each of you!

NEW SHORT TERM LIFE GROUP

Led by Adam & Ashley McMahen, Christianity Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course. It’s for anyone who wants to think about the meaning of life. You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, and you won’t be asked to pray or sing. You can ask any question you like, or you can just sit and listen.

Whoever you are, whatever you’re thinking, CE is a place for you to explore what life’s all about. It might just be the best news you’ve ever heard.

For more info, check out christianityexplored.org or contact Adam McMahen. Space is limited, so sign up today at http://bit.ly/Christianity-Explored.

KIDS’ MINISTRY HAPPENINGS

TEACHERS’ DESSERT AND DISCUSSION

Saturday, January 5 | 6:30 – 8:00pm | Room 201 Church Office Building

All Kids’ Ministry teachers are invited to an evening of dessert and discussion about the Kids’ Ministry and the vision for 2019. Please let Rebecca Simcox know if you plan to attend. rebeccas@longviewfbc.com

KIDS’ MINISTRY VISION LUNCH

Sunday, January 13 | 12:15pm | Adult Education Center Gym

All Families are invited to a complimentary lunch that will focus on the Kids’ Ministry vision. There will be a time of Q & A. We would like your input! Mexican food will be served. Please sign up at the Hub so we can get a head count for the meal.

Awana Happenings in January

Awana starts the New Year on the run with fun events in January. We will welcome the clubber and volunteers back to club on January 6th. January 13th we will welcome guests as we invite our friends to share in the fun for B.A.R.F. (Bring a Real Friend) night. January 20th will be our first costume night – Super Hero Night. Regular club on the 27th will end the month and prepare us for favorite sports team night and the Super Bowl in February. Come join us as we learn God’s word in a fun and challenging way!

January 6    First Club Night of 2019
January 13  BARF Night (Bring a Real Friend)
January 20  Super Hero Night
January 27  Favorite Sports Team Night

P.S. Awana is also seeking volunteers as listeners and leaders to work with the clubbers on Sunday nights. Please contact Commander Bret or any Awana leader for information. Bret.a.freeman@gmail.com

WHY VISIT ISRAEL?

Sunday, January 20 | 5:15 – 7:00pm | Church Offices Room 201
Come and see why a visit to Israel is unlike any other trip you will take in your life!

Contact Steve Vance for more information: stevev@longviewfbc.com