Reaching In. Loving One Another is more than a slogan with a nice feel to it here at CrossWay. Let’s be honest. We all know that loving one another is sometimes difficult, and yet it can be the most promising and fruitful commitment to which God calls us. It’s relatively easy to say “I love God”. But if we have truly received the love of God, we will also be led and empowered by God to love one another. As the Scripture says, “We love because he first loved us.” (I John 4:19). God then goes on to say, “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.” (I John 4:20). What are the implications of these verses? One writer put it this way, “love is the overflow of our joy in God which gladly meets the needs of others.” (John Piper). In short, if we have been captivated by the love of God, His love for us and in us then spills out through us to those around us. No, it’s not always easy, but if we claim to have been loved by God and to love God, we must love those around us, both Christian and non-Christian alike. It is our glad calling and commitment to do just that!
Below are just some of the ways that we at CrossWay Community try to “reach in” to love our fellow Christ-followers. (This love is also put into practice through the ways we “reach out”, as described later under “Loving the World”.)
Small Groups. It is our conviction that, while preaching and programs may attract people to a church, relationships keep people at a church. Small groups are the primary way we attempt to connect people at CrossWay. We have a variety of different kinds of groups – Men’s groups, Women’s groups, mentoring opportunities, Bible Studies, etc. Please call, email, or stop by some Sunday and talk to Pastor Manuel. He’d be glad to help you get connected to a group of people who will welcome you and encourage you in your walk with Christ.