Passion for God ... Compassion for People
Sherrod Avenue exists as a church for two beautiful purposes: Passion for God, Compassion for People. Everything that we do as a family of faith is summed up by these phrases.
Our vision comes directly from Jesus! When asked to define the most important things that Scripture has to say, he summed it up by saying that the entire Bible hinges on loving God on loving other people.
Jesus said: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
In order to live out our Passion for God and our Compassion for People, we use our talents and abilities, our time, our prayers and our budget to do three things: Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out.
Since Jesus taught that the most important principle from Scripture is to love God with all that we are, we make passion for God our top priority by reaching up. Worship for the living God is our starting point as a community of faith. We are saved by his grace, led by his Son and transformed by his Spirit. God is our fuel. Everything else that we do comes through his love and power.
Loving our neighbor starts in the body of Christ – the Church. Our Compassion for People begins as we love and serve our spiritual brothers and sisters. We reach in when we build relationships in our church family and care for those who worship God with us at Sherrod Avenue.
Another kind of neighbor does not know God and so our compassion also reaches out to these people. So, whether it’s across the street or around the world, we seek to compassionately share the love of Jesus with every person. Every heart filled with Christ is a missionary. Every heart without Christ is a mission field.