• Josh Anderson

Christ's Love is Life

Recently theHeart spent three weeks walking through our mission statement line by line. Being reconciled to God. Being reconciled to each other. Through Christ's Love. Simple. Pastor Josh Anderson shares more about how the love of Christ can be experienced in our own death, life, and resurrection.

Nehemiah Stafford captured this photo of Pastor Josh sharing about Christ's Love during our gathering on Sunday, September 22.

If you were able to join us for our Sunday gatherings at Watauga High School on September 22, you know that I decided to ditch my teaching script and simply speak from my heart about Christ's Love. For someone who is nervous about public speaking and scared to say the "wrong" thing, this was an incredibly vulnerable moment for me.

And yet my leap of faith was met with such amazing grace and love. The hugs, handshakes, and words of encouragement I received after teaching from my heart are a cherished and holy reminder of how real God truly is. I will always remember how people moved towards me, both physically and with their hearts.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I actually wrote about Christ's Love. And how the simplicity of it, I believe, can be found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. You can read my message below. I've also included audio files of all three messages about The Heart of theHeart.

Good morning,

Today we're going to finish up our short teaching series called "The Heart of theHeart."

If you've been with us over the past couple of weeks, you know we’ve been going through our mission statement, which is…Reconciling people to God and each other through Christ’s Love. Simple.

And we’ve been looking closer at each line.

Reconciled to God—Jason talked about how we are invited to move towards God, who is always moving towards us.

Reconciled to each other—Graham talked about how we are invited to move towards one another in the difficult and joy-filled moments of life.

This morning I’ll be sharing on the last line of our mission statement:

Through Christ’s Love. Simple.

Essentially, our mission at theHeart is a focus on 3 basic disciplines: Follow God, Share Life, Love People.

But for us to do this well, we cannot rely on our own strength or our own abilities. It can only be done well when we understand the fullness of Christ’s Love.

How do we do that?

Paul writes this in Ephesians 5:1-2:

"Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

Some translations of the Bible say, "Be imitators of God..."

Sounds simple enough.

But is it easy?

Paul is instructing us to follow the example of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.

When we talk about “through Christ’s Love” we are talking about following Christ in every way.

Let me explain how I think we can experience reconciliation when we commit ourselves to our own death, resurrection, and life in Christ.

Let’s start with death. Yay.

Death is Personal

Through Christ’s Love, we are invited to die to ourselves.

We are invited to be made new.