The Gospel is meant to be transformational.
The word of Jesus and the mark of his love in our lives is meant to be one that re-forms us. This re-forming is a change that moves us from our former selves into someone that loves God, strives to walk as Jesus did, and loves others well.
The Gospel isn’t something meant for us to adopt casually or address lightly, and as part of the Sanctuary church, we take growth and transformation slowly and lovingly, but with an undeniable sense of importance.
Transformation from our inherent selfishness to Christ-like love and generosity is seeing others as Jesus sees them: eternal beings bound for either eternal life with Jesus, or an eternity separated from God. All people are people desperately loved, but there are people who have not yet heard the word of Jesus or seen his hands and feet in action.
In his address, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis writes:
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of [eternal beings], to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal— But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
A big part of transformation is beginning to live without thought of ourselves and seek be the hands and feet of Jesus to others less fortunate. Not just in word, but especially in our action.
Last Sunday night over 300 of you gathered to celebrate two things: #1 paying off our mortgage early (saving some 250K in interest) and #2 to watch a film- UNDIVIDED- which documents how Portland Oregon’s South Lake Church took their call to be transformed serious and transform their surrounding community.
Though the two reasons for our gathering may seem unrelated, they are both closely tied.
It was a wonderful time to gather and celebrate (with 436 burgers served) the diligence of our church in paying off our mortgage, but also to remind our congregation that we are here to impact Valley View Elementary just as South Lake Church began to love and serve Roosevelt High. Further, in paying off our mortgage, we have financially freed up resource for our church to continue in transforming the surrounding community.
We are so excited to see our church take our relationship with Valley View to the next level as we follow in the instructions of the Apostle Paul:
For those of you who missed, the film UNDIVIDED is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or iTunes.
To find out a way to get involved in our ministry at Valley View, please check out ProjectSCV.com