River City Church is a church that values worship.
Paul says to the Romans, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
We bring glory to God as we love others, walk with the hurting, lay down our agendas and even our lives. We become the visible expression of the invisible God. In doing so, our community experiences the love of Jesus Christ. This, according to Paul, is true and proper worship.
Why does God call us to lay down our lives and love others?
All people bear God's image and are precious and valuable to Him. We are called to love and cherish them as He does.
We respond to others in love because God responded toward us in love. God had mercy on us when we opposed Him. When we were His enemy, He moved toward us in love. We deserved death, yet He spared us.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8 also see v. 10)
In light of the mercy and love shown to us, we are commanded to offer that same mercy and love to others.
"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn." Romans 12 14-15
This is what we are called to do every day.
Love the brokenhearted. Love those who are hurting, wounded and in need of healing. In our church, our family, our neighborhood, our place of work, our city and the world.
Paul says, “This is true and proper worship.” Let’s show our community, and the world who we worship, where our hope is found, and from where our love comes.