PRINCIPLES APPLIED & LIVED OUT:
Loving God and Others
January 2nd, Gathering
Matthew Chapter 22
At River Market Community Church we desire to be a group of people plugging into God's Story. To plug into God's Story we are to be gospel-, mission- and community-centered. To help us in our journey of becoming centered in such a way, we apply and live out principles and truths found in the Bible.
WHAT is the gospel? Simply, the gospel of grace: We are sinners saved by Jesus' works and not our own works for relationship with God.
If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. As the New Year has come upon us we are seeking to live the new life that God gifts us through faith in the gospel of Jesus. We desire to be a people of Jesus! We want to be a people of community and a people living on mission to spread the gospel of grace, hope and life! But if we do all these things without love it is all in vain. So, we desperately want to be a people who love God and love others!
The Kingdom life that Jesus initiated--summarized in these two commandments(love God and love others)--fulfills the deepest longings of human beings created in the image of God to display his glory.
Here are some things we discussed and God revealed to us at the gathering:
This year of 2016, RMCC hopes to become better at existing for and through the gospel, living on mission & in community!
Work through the following questions to help you grow in your relationship with God and apply some of the principles from Matthew Chapter 22:
Your missional goal this week:
In the upcoming weeks, prayerfully ask God to give you an opportunity to share how you are on a faith journey of loving God and other people in 2016. Seize the moment that God provides to share these things with someone in your neighborhood, school or work place.
Extra Credit: choose 3 people in your life to love through actions for the next 2 weeks. Pray over these people. If you feel led journal the difficulties and joys in your process to grow in your relationship with God.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Breakfast Party, January 9th @ 9am
We will discuss parts of the 'Making It Real' piece together. This Saturday we will all join (men & women) for one big breakfast party at Jim's Place @ 113 W. 5th St., #109, KCMO 64105.
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WE EXIST Through and For the Gospel
The gospel is a message of good news that is clearly laid out in the Bible, God's word; so the church must be word-centered. It is a word that transforms us, moves through us and rings out into our communities.
WE LIVE On A Mission
The gospel is a missional word; so the church must be mission-centered. We find ourselves in many relationships with all different kinds of people. We become comfortable in the way the relationship operates and become complacent in getting to know each other in deeper ways. It is good for our own growth and the growth of our relationships to talk of deeper matters including passions, dreams, emotions, politics and spiritual beliefs.
The gospel is people focused; it creates the Church and the Church is a family that is community-centered
To help us wrestle with God's Word and engage as a community, answer these questions prior to the next Saturday evening worship gathering.
Making It Real
This application piece is a follow-up to each Saturday evening sermon. We typically discuss assignments at the Missional Community Gatherings.