Ten Things We Love
1. We Love To Love
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." - 1 Cor 13:13
In the bible, the apostle Paul wrote something very profound. He said, "No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us." (1 John 4:12) There are so many people who genuinely struggle with the notion that God exists or that He is actually present in their lives. Here at New Community, we embrace Paul's word and we fully believe that God is most evident in this world, when He is most visible in us. And He is most visible in us, when we fix our sights on the greatest objective fathomable; to love.
2. We Love Meeting the Needs of the Needy
"Some people look at what is and ask 'why?' I look at what isn't and ask 'why not?" - John F Kennedy
Without a doubt, one of the things that gets us most excited is meeting the needs of the needy. From projects like I Heart North County to projects like New Community's Christmas Wish, or meals which are provided to Solutions For Change by our Community Groups, our church rallies behind the poor and struggling and pours love and hope into them. We agree with Proverbs 14:31 that "kindness shown to the poor is an act of worship."
3. We Love Fighting For Marriages
"Love, by itself, is not enough to sustain even the most loving couples" - Dr. Les Parrot
Why? Because marriage is hard. If you are married and don't think marriage is that difficult, the odds are that it will be difficult one day in the future; maybe even sooner than you think. Too many people wait to fight for their marriage until it's too late. Here at New Community, we have resolved to be proactive, not reactive. We have developed a number of different ways to fight for and strengthen marriages. We don't only help those who are currently struggling, we want to make even healthy marriages healthier.
4. We Love Unity and Diversity
"That all of them may be one..then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them" - Jesus
Often times when we think of "diversity", we immediately think of racial diversity. And though we are blessed to enjoy racial diversity here at New Community, it goes so much deeper than that. If you find yourself at our church, do yourself a favor; look around. What will you see? You will find one mosaic of people which makes one beautiful image of Christ. You will find many different church or denominational backgrounds worshiping side-by-side. In one room you will find at least three generations present. You will find the successful linking arms with the poor and the young following in the footsteps of the mature. Each story is different. We are truly a community church How is this possible? Because we are a people who value loving God, loving Jesus, and loving others above all else. Around those things, we unite.
5. We Love Community Groups
"They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts" - Acts 2:46
We believe that community groups are the best way to grow relationally with others and spiritually with God. How can you know we really believe this? There is not a pastor at New Community that is not in a community group. (And no, they are not required to be in one.) There is a large percentage of our church meeting in homes across North County each week and that number is only growing. Our community groups are designed to build lasting relationships. This is where life happens.
6. We Love the Unchurched
"The church exists for those outside it" - William Tynsdale
There is nothing on earth that gets us more excited than when someone who is unchurched starts to go to church. Who are the "unchurched", you ask? We see this as two categories of people.
If you have attended our church for any period of time, than surely you've heard us say this before: The only thing that we as people cannot do for the rest of eternity is reach unchurched people. We have sacrificed our preferences and comfort zones many times because we so deeply believe in this. So, often we find ourselves asking this question, "Is it worth it?" If only one person comes into a saving relationship with the God who loves them, the answer is "yes". That one person is worth it.
7. We Love to Laugh
"People are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously" - Oscar Wilde
Let's just say, we aren't known for taking ourselves too seriously. God has given us so much to be happy about! So why not smile a little?
8. We Love People More Than Politics
"America's present need is not heroics but healing; not revolution but restoration" - Warren Harding
This is one thing that is truly different about our church. Notice we didn't say, "we love people, not politics." There are people in our church who love the political process and are involved in one way or another. That's great! However, we stand together, collectively, to say that our purpose is not a political agenda. Our seats are occupied by both republicans and democrats. Just because we share differing political views does not make us lesser Christians. It's as simple as this: Jesus died for people, not politics. So we will love people more than politics. Always.
9. We Love Authenticity
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me" - John Newton
Have you ever noticed how it seems so often in church people put on "masks" and act like they have it all together? Sometimes it seems like one minute they exhaust themselves trying to convince everyone else they are perfect, yet talk about mercy and forgiveness the next. It doesn't quite add up. What excites us here at New Community is when people are real. We openly talk about our weaknesses. After all, why wouldn't we if we are forgiven? Why fake it? Some of us have made a ton of mistakes. We all have pasts. Many of us have seen what "rock bottom" looks like. The great truth is that we have been forgiven! So we embrace authenticity. Our stories give God glory, because His grace is greater than our sin.
10. We Love Serving and Sacrifice
"...Serve one another, as good stewards of God's grace" - 1 Peter 5:10
We are more than willing to put other people's needs above our own. Whether it is time, energy, money, or serving in one or more of our dozens of volunteer ministries, we are not content with just attending church services. We desire to live for something greater than ourselves. We will not waste our years selfishly thinking about what church can give to us, we want to look back at the end of our lives and say boldly, "I gave my life for the world."