Bible Passage: Galatians 5:13-14
Preacher: Ste Greenow
Series: Helping Our Community
“You have been called to live in freedom – not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Galatians 5:13-14)
Earlier this year we launched our vision, that as a church we want to be ‘helping our community’. It’s a vision with love at the heart of it, a love that reflects and represents Jesus’ love for us and the world.
Do our community know that we are for them? Do they know that we love them and want the best for them? Is it evident in the way we interact with them, in the way we show kindness, generosity and love?
It isn’t something that will always come easy. Why? Because our sinful nature is selfish to the core, and this is a conflict that in our own strength we will always lose. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can show the supernatural, sacrificial love of Jesus to the world around us.
The more we ask the Holy Spirit to help and guide us, the more the fruit of the Spirit will grow in us. This fruit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, is what will set us apart from our selfish desires and sinful nature. It’s with this fruit in our lives that we can help our communities, love our neighbours and represent the love of Jesus to the world around us.