Our favourite Church Planter, Dan Chook Reid brings this morning message, from John 3.
First Things First
For many of us, the New Year is a time for setting goals. Whether they be spiritual goals, fitness goals, relational goals, career goals, or goals of any other kind – no doubt, it’s important to be intentional about setting goals for our lives and for the year ahead.
However, if we are not careful to look to Jesus and to choose what matters most FIRST (valuing the kinds of things that Jesus invited us to value), then our plans and our goals will not matter all that much. In the end they will fade away, having had little or no lasting and eternal significance.
So, according to Jesus, what should matter most in life? And what specific things did He invite us to prioritize and to value above all else? What, according to Jesus, are we to choose before we choose anything else?
Join us throughout the month of January as we talk about three critical choices that we must make before all other choices in life: three God-honouring decisions that are rooted in the life and teaching of Jesus and that promise to bring shape and blessing and eternal significance to our lives and all the other decisions we make and goals that we set.
Let’s pursue a “First Things First” kind of life together!
In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus instructed us to “Seek the Kingdom above all else” (Matt 6:33), meaning that as we seek God’s will and God’s ways for our daily lives and for our world, He will take care us. But how exactly do we do this? What does it mean to “seek the Kingdom” and to live a “Kingdom focused life”? And why is it that so often we miss this, and seek to build our own kingdoms instead?
Join us today as we talk about the God-honouring value and decision of “Seeking the Kingdom first” in 2022.
The second most important commandment that Jesus gave, essentially, was to “love others”. But what, in practical terms, does it mean to “love others”? What does this kind of love look like? How do we know when we are living into it? And how do we know when we aren’t? For us today, what makes “loving others” such a critical “first things first” priority in our lives?
This Sunday we're talking about the God-honouring value and decision of “Loving Others” above ourselves in 2022.
When Jesus was asked what the most important commandment in all the Scriptures was, he said very clearly: “Love God.” But what, in practical terms, does it mean to “love God”? What does this kind of love look like in our lives? How do we know when we are living into it? And how do we know when we aren’t? For us today, what makes “loving God” such a critical “first things first” priority in our lives?
Today we talk about the God-honouring value and decision of “Loving God” above and before all else in 2022.