5. Love his people: A call to love
April 13 - We could all use more love, right? If you've been around church for much time all at, you've probably heard hat Jesus tells us to "love our neighbors as ourselves." But how will the people our city experience not just our love, but His love? Loving people in that way isn't something that we can do on our own. That's why we have to go back to the whole of what Jesus said in Mark 12 - it's not just about loving other people, it starts with responding to the love God demonstrated for us, and as we love him with everything - heart, soul, mind, strength - we find that He empowers us to truly love His people.
4. LIGHT HIS CITY: A CALL TO LIVE
April 6 -"You are the light of the world..." What does it look like to live a life that makes the light of God visible to those around us? It starts with understanding the true source of light - God who brought His light into this world through Jesus Christ. This light has shone into our hearts through the work of His Spirit, leading us and guiding us into all truth. As this happens, the light that has shone into our lives also becomes visible through us - as we live lives that declare and demonstrate the light of Christ.
3. be his church: a call to unity
Mar 30 - Biblically, we understand that unity is something we are to pursue as followers of Jesus, the idea that we are to be "one" together as His Church. But unity has to be more than city-wide prayer meetings or Jesus-marches. What if unity, instead of being about the need to be "right" or agree on everything, became more about an understanding that each of us, as individuals and as churches, are called to take part in something much bigger and grander? To pursue unity, we have to be willing to first look in the mirror and get a proper perspective of our own lives, so that we can then properly consider the bigger picture of what God is doing through His Church as a whole.
2. declare his goodness: a call to hope
Mar 23- Hope. The very use of the word can cause us to look up and take notice, to lift our spirits. Yet for many, hope is a four letter word, something that has either been lost entirely or relegated to a life beyond this one. Which is just what our enemy would want for us. But when we look at how Jesus taught us to pray, we see that He prayed that God's Kingdom would come on earth as it is in heaven. In other words, we can hope for heaven to break through here and now, even as we long for the ultimate hope of being in God's presence beyond this life.
1. seek his face: A Call to Prayer
Mar 16- Prayer, as Jesus taught us about it, has the power to help us address one of the biggest problems we face in life. Ourselves. Our sin and selfishness can easily work their way into even our prayers. But if we understand how Jesus calls us to prayer, we find that prayer should remind us of God's Character and reorient us around His Kingdom. 4.4.40 is a call to pray in this way - the way Jesus modeled for us.