What happened? How is it so many people today think God’s primary role is as the author of our happiness? People have the vague concept that to reflect divine love means to “be nice” to others, but only as long as they don’t disagree with our political, social, or theological viewpoints, both inside and outside the walls of our churches. We seem to have lost the capacity…as Christians…to treat our neighbors in a way that mirrors the compassionate, grace-giving heart of God. Our Purpose Is Love—an 8-week, small-group study with a special focus on the importance of unity for the Church’s witness—examines John Wesley’s understanding of God’s love and challenges us to exemplify that love in our churches and in our world. It is only when we begin to process the true idea of God’s love, as revealed through the Bible, that we can affirm that “love is the very image of God; it is the brightness of his glory.” A Leader Guide helps to facilitate deep conversations about what it means to be a church community.
From the Faultlines collection, resources intended to inform conversations around human sexuality and the church.