What is the greatest problem in the church today? Is it a lack of teaching or Bible study? Is it a lack of evangelism or compassion? Is it a shortage of ministries? Could it be that the greatest problem in the church today is much simpler than any of those ideas? Jesus taught his followers to “love one another” as He had loved them. He went on to say that their love for each other was the characteristic that would identify them to the world. Is it possible that the greatest problem in the church is that we don’t really love each other? What does the world see when they look at the Christian community?
In the book of Colossians, Paul gives us one of many descriptions of this loving community that believers are to strive to create. It is love for each other that holds this community together. This week, we will look at the characteristics of a loving community. In the end, it is this kind of community that glorifies God and identifies us as followers of Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him!