Jeremiah 29:7: "But seek the welfare [peace, wholeness] of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."
It seems strange that we would spend a Sunday evening in which we usually "go to worship" going to hand out flyers about a business in our neighborhood. It feels weird doesn't it?
As we have stated here, our mission statement reads: "We will express that Jesus is our treasure by...seeking the peace of the city (and the nations) through the Gospel." Simply put, our love for Jesus and the effect of the gospel on our lives, motivates us to seek the good of our neighbors and our neighborhood.
Or maybe even more simply put, our worship of Jesus moves us to love our neighbors.
"Worship" is more than singing his greatness, it is seeing his greatness and love in a way that creates a desire to respond in love. It is the inclination of our heart to treasure Jesus as a response to his love for us demonstrated on the cross (See Romans 5:8).
Worship always acts in love to our God...and it always acts in love to our neighbor.
So why Gigglechops?
I want to support our local business, not just because they are businesses or because there is a trend towards "local," but because there are people who our God loves who are behind the business. Not only that, this specific business seeks to love a group of people I do not fully know how to serve well, people who live with "special needs and learning differences."
"Seeking the peace of our city" means supporting those that are already doing that...and often times following their lead and learning from them.
The Invitation: come join us Sunday to serve our neighbor (even if you are reading this and don't "treasure Jesus"...yet) Act your worship with us. (for more info email Wes here)
ONE LAST THOUGHT
I don't have a relationship with Jesus because I earned it. That's not possible, and that would never be a real relationship anyway. I have a relationship with Jesus because he sought me out and (because he paid my penalty by his death) he now says that he is "for" me...on my side... working out good for me for his name's sake. The more that truth soaks into our bones the more we will want to be "for" others, too.