Love is the core ethos

posted May 14, 2013, 8:40 PM by Spirit of Joy Christian Church

from Rollie B.

At Spirit of Joy love is the core ethos. Not a belief system. Not a theology. The Love taught by Jesus of Nazareth. The Jesus Way which says, "Love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and your whole strength; and love your neighbor as yourself." It is not about demanding intellectual assent to old religious ideas. It is about advancing a new way of life, and encouraging one another to live it boldly and with integrity.

It is a "Sanctuary of Transformation" because it is a safe place for all people, as all people are equal children of God. It is a place of security and acceptance and inclusiveness, because only in such an environment can our common humanity truly be fostered and celebrated. It is a place of open hearts rather than closed minds. It is a place of the warm embrace. Where what you believe - or don't believe - is not the standard of acceptance. Are you human? You are welcome here. No conditions.

adapted from R. Jay Pearson's description of Forget Church Planting, We Need Love Fellowships