Thought #1: Last year our Pastor, Danny Forshee, preached a message wherein he said Baptists are known more for what we're against than what we're for. We're against homosexuality, against premarital sex, against abortion, and so on. Now he's not saying it's wrong to be against those things, for the Bible says that each is sin against a holy God. But he saying that we should be for things, particularly for loving people. Sometimes we should love on people just because we can.
Thought #2: In Philippians 1:3-5, Paul said:
I thank my God...for your fellowship in the gospel...
Fellowship is the Greek word "koinonia," and it means working together to do something; in this case, the church at Philippi was working together with Paul to share the Good News.
Put them together: So our class created a Koinonia Team, whose job it is to love on people and share the Gospel at the same time. Last night we went to a local neighborhood and gave out 50 bags of bean soup mix. They contained instructions for making the soup and a Gospel tract. How different would it be if the people who are our church were known for how we simply loved people?
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.