Above All, Love Each Other
Why we need a culture of care at Calvary Tabernacle
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”
In October of 2012 I wanted us to look at how our care ministry was working and how our church was caring for each other. The honest answer was that we could do much better. And so I asked a basic question; “How can we care for people better?” That question has been driving our thinking and ministry planning for the last few months.
We know that we cannot attempt to create systems that meet all of our care needs, and we also know that we should never think that systems should care for people. We believe that people care for people! Systems and structures of care are important, and should serve our ability to care better-not create obstacles for caring to occur.
The bible tells us over and over that caring is a top priority of a biblical community. The highest command after loving the Lord is to love one another:
“Bear one another’s burdens.” Gal. 6:2
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Rom. 12:10
“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Rom. 15:7
“… that the members may have the same care for one another.” 1 Cor. 12:25
“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:14-15
The bible clearly calls us to a community of one-anthers. Only when we do life together do we truly Love Serve and Grow.
Pray with us as we work to equip our body to have a heart to love one another.
As 1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Consider joining a care team or a small group.