Our leaders want to focus on the top two things God expects:
Love God. Love people.
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (NKJV).
The FIRST thing God wants us to do is to love Him. We must connect with God in a relationship. Of course this ultimately works out in obedience: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
We prove our love by doing what He asks. When we’re in a real relationship with God, doing what He asks is not a burden but a delight.
The SECOND most important thing God wants us to do is to love people. We do this by ministering to them in many different ways. 1 Corinthians 13 makes love clear: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (NKJV). True love shows itself in many ways. Sometime true love uses pointed words of truth.
Loving God and loving people are the two greatest commands we are expected to carry out. Jesus said, “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:40). In other words, He’s saying that if we focus on doing these two things that we will essentially do all He wants us to do.
Romans 13:8, “he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:10, “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
When we love God and people, all of life tends to fall into place. Our leadership wants to do this. And they want our church family to do this as well.
The year was 1967 and a small group of four families was excited…
They were excited because they were planting the seeds of a new church in Green Bay, and they knew that it would be different than most other churches at that time. That small and determined group held their first meeting in a home at 231 North Chestnut in the heart of the city. Bay City Baptist Church of Green Bay, Wisconsin was born. Click here to read more.
WE BELIEVE the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, to be divinely inspired, inerrant, and only infallible Word of God.
WE BELIEVE that there is one triune God as revealed in the Bible, eternally existent in the persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one, but distinct in person and function.
Jesus Christ is always first. The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that He must have the preeminence. This means that He must be the first and most important among us (Colossians 1:16-18). Because He is God He deserves nothing less, so we want Him to be known and loved here. But not only that, we want Him to be in charge…and He is. He is first.