We began with a simple exhortation from the Lord:
the Body of Christ must learn to live love better.

Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love (Agape) for one another.”

"Beyond all these things put on love (Agape), which is the perfect bond of unity."

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their
word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they
also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me."

We should be living love, in unity,
so that the world will know the Gospel.

That's supposed to be our calling card.

But we are people. We're normal, every-day, people who live normal lives, with normal hurts and joys and pains and laughter. We're pretty messed-up, flawed, often opinionated and difficult people. We fall short of the glory and holiness of God every. single. day.

We can do better.


Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
— ROMANS 15:5-7 NASB

The Framework

Walking out God's version of love (agape) isn't easy. Most of the time we even struggle to define it. Thankfully, in the past few years God has led us through His Word and unfolded a framework to and in and through the lives our team that has gently guided us deeper towards this end. It's a message for every believer, a neverending process of practice and tools and growth that has the potential - with God's power at work - to draw the Church (the whole Body) together and grow us up towards spiritual maturity in Christ.

ABIDE We begin our journey by taking an honest assessment of our current relationship with Christ. Is Jesus driving or am I? Am I letting God get real with me, and begin to heal me and release the hurts and baggage of my past? Am I beginning to move forward in spiritual maturity? Am I learning to walk and dwell in the Spirit? We have to take a good look at the board in our own eye, repent and turn to God for a better way. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. |  John 15:9-10

ABIDE

We begin our journey by taking an honest assessment of our current relationship with Christ. Is Jesus driving or am I? Am I letting God get real with me, and begin to heal me and release the hurts and baggage of my past? Am I beginning to move forward in spiritual maturity? Am I learning to walk and dwell in the Spirit? We have to take a good look at the board in our own eye, repent and turn to God for a better way.

Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. |  John 15:9-10

GROW [TOGETHER] We are created for community. Do we have that? Are we plugged into God's faith family? Are we a part of healthy, authentic relationships with other believers so that as iron sharpens iron, so one friend can sharpen another? How do we build those? How do we live out love when conflict comes or when are in relationship with more difficult personalities? How do we speak truth, in LOVE and remain in fellowship? What does discipleship look like? How do we spur one another on to a growing maturity in Christ? We are meant to grow together. This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. John 15:12 AMP

GROW [TOGETHER]

We are created for community. Do we have that? Are we plugged into God's faith family? Are we a part of healthy, authentic relationships with other believers so that as iron sharpens iron, so one friend can sharpen another? How do we build those? How do we live out love when conflict comes or when are in relationship with more difficult personalities? How do we speak truth, in LOVE and remain in fellowship? What does discipleship look like? How do we spur one another on to a growing maturity in Christ? We are meant to grow together.

This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you.
John 15:12 AMP

[ONE] ACCORD What does unity of the universal Church look like in these modern times? Why is it important? How do we build real relationships with believers from different doctrinal or denominational backgrounds – or even believers outside traditional church lines - to work together towards spreading the Gospel? (Or at least call a truce?) How do we demonstrate God's love to each other and the world when our doctrines, opinions, stances, pride, insecurities - whatever - build walls instead of bridges? And what difference does it make? Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.  Romans 15:5-7 NASB

[ONE] ACCORD

What does unity of the universal Church look like in these modern times? Why is it important? How do we build real relationships with believers from different doctrinal or denominational backgrounds – or even believers outside traditional church lines - to work together towards spreading the Gospel? (Or at least call a truce?) How do we demonstrate God's love to each other and the world when our doctrines, opinions, stances, pride, insecurities - whatever - build walls instead of bridges? And what difference does it make?

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. 
Romans 15:5-7 NASB

PROCLAIM EVERYWHERE This is the end result; the whole point. When we are living out God's version of love (not our own or the world's), in unity with fellow believers, showcasing the deep, real relationships that we all long for, looking beyond our differences to Christ as Lord, we are no longer a stumbling block to the lost, but instead the brilliant light of refuge and hope in dark times and places. This is the ideal that God outlines in the Word and desires us to aim for. The world cannot replicate it. The enemy cannot defeat it. God's presence, His self-sacrificing love, is seen and lived out in flesh and blood and it changes everything. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.  |   John 15:35

PROCLAIM EVERYWHERE

This is the end result; the whole point. When we are living out God's version of love (not our own or the world's), in unity with fellow believers, showcasing the deep, real relationships that we all long for, looking beyond our differences to Christ as Lord, we are no longer a stumbling block to the lost, but instead the brilliant light of refuge and hope in dark times and places. This is the ideal that God outlines in the Word and desires us to aim for. The world cannot replicate it. The enemy cannot defeat it. God's presence, His self-sacrificing love, is seen and lived out in flesh and blood and it changes everything.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.  |   John 15:35

Theories and principles are all fine and good, but what difference does it really make if we're not living it out?

If we really believe all the Bible says, shouldn't our lives look different? How do we start that process and learn those skills? The Walk Agape training series is designed to come to you personally, in your community and prayerfully explore those questions with you, at the direction of the Holy Spirit Himself.

Learn about The Program-->