One of the most important elements of any Christian community or church culture is relationships with each other. Isn’t it wonderful to come to church and have people recognize you? Isn’t it wonderful to receive hearty handshakes, warm hugs and have caring conversations with other people who care?
Relationships are important to everyone…especially to visitors and new members of Centenary UMC. If visitors and new members don’t establish at least one or two meaningful relationships with others at Centenary in the first three months they attend worship, they will leave.
There is a tendency to be satisfied with having only the meaningful relationships that we need in our life. However, in order to make disciples we have to first love God and then love others…not just our friends or family, but others who visit the church, others who need help, others who are seeking hope and trying to find someone to show it to them!
As Christ’s followers and as His church our loving relationships with God should pour over with God’s love for others and into making new relationships in our church and in our community. Think about it, if all Christians just had relationships with each other there would be no way to make new disciples of Jesus Christ!
Take the chance, reach out to someone new, go introduce yourself to someone you don’t know…you might, by the grace of God, just affect someone’s eternity…and you might just be blessed with a new friend as well as brother or sister in Christ as well.
Love God, Love Others and then Make Disciples of Jesus Christ.