Webb Road Congregation

 

Our Mission:

“To help families and individuals develop  a faithful relationship with God, through  the ministry of Jesus Christ!”

 

Come See Us  

3500 South Webb Road, Wichita, Kansas   67210   

    316 685-7391            Call Us 

Home

Activities

 Denominational
  Links

Community of Christ

Basic - Beliefs

Sacraments

Disciples Generous Response

Directory

News

Invite People to Christ

Abolish Poverty, End Suffering

Pursue Peace on Earth

Develop Disciples to Serve

Experience Congregations in Mission

 

 Midlands Mission
 Center

 MMC Youth

 

 

Worship Helps

 

 

Outreach International

  Graceland University

 

 

 Mission Center News
 
  May 2018

 

World Church
W
ebcasts:
 
(link)

   [WebCast Help]
 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 15: 9-17

The Gospel of John, chapter 15, begins with a metaphor about Jesus as the vine and his followers as branches. Today’s passage continues this metaphor as it calls disciples into Christ-like love for one another. The ideas of “abiding” in Christ and “bearing fruit” are at the heart of Jesus’ explanation of our call as disciples to “love one another.”

Jesus recognizes how his love for the disciples flows from God’s love for him. Jesus invites and encourages disciples to “abide” in him (v. 9). He tells us that by keeping his commandments we abide in his love. Several dictionaries describe abide as “to accept, tolerate, or act in accordance to.” This means Jesus was and is inviting us to first receive his love and then act by his love (see “Called by Christ to Love Each Other” Community of Christ Sings 577).

Jesus also sends disciples to go and bear fruit. Bearing fruit may reference the love for one another but likely also includes making new disciples. Part of the sacrificial nature of Christ-like love is that we are willing to open our circles of friends beyond those friendships that come easily. We reach out to others who are not like us and extend Christ-like love (see “On the Journey to Emmaus” CCS 272).

We recognize we can’t bear fruit alone. Our call to love one another and bring others into relationships of Christ-love can only occur as we abide in Christ’s love. Jesus loves us like God loves him. We love others as Jesus loves us. Others receive Christ’s love through us and share it with more people and the circle of the kingdom grows wider.

This passage includes five references to commandment or command. It holds in tension the idea of Jesus making demands and conditional promises versus asking us to make responsible choices and extending us generous amounts of grace.

Those to whom this Gospel was originally written were likely experiencing great difficulty from both the Gentile and Jewish worlds. Their survival as a community depended on their ability to cling to one another and God amid great turmoil. Therefore, it is easy to understand the command voice used by the Gospel writer for the body to love one another. The assumption the body wants to survive and follow Jesus’ example is implied.

Despite our possible resistance to commands, when we truly experience God’s love, we are compelled to share it. We cannot help ourselves. This means we develop relationships with others that support the other person in fulfilling his or her God-given potential.

Jesus explains he is moving us beyond the relationship of master and servant. Jesus is inviting us into a mutual relationship with him that allows us to be equals as friends where we are part of Jesus’ ministry on Earth. This leads us to be willing to sacrifice our need to be master over others by actions such as sharing power, building consent, or discovering what is best for the whole.

As we study and embrace the meaning of Christ-like love, we understand it is a sacrificial love that recognizes one’s worth and potential as a child of God. Christ-like love is not based on having good chemistry with another nor is it the result of having compatible personalities. Christ-like love can exist for another even when one does not like the other person. This is what helps us break down walls and share Christ-like love with everyone. 

 

Our Wichita Kansas Home

 


Contact Info  

Our Location:

  Map of Webb Road Community of Christ

  Congregational Pastorate  

      pastor@webbroadcoc.org

Financial Officer  

      cfo@webbroadcoc.org

Webmaster  

     webmaster@webbroadcoc.org
 

 

 

Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:30 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next: Sept. 9th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study  Group 
9:00 AM 2nd and 4rth Wks
 

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM
 

   

 

 May 16th:
  School's Out Picnic @ Webb
  Road 

 

   

Pot-Luck Dinner Season:
 

Next Pot Luck Dinner:

Sunday, Sept. 9th

 

 

 

 

Copyright Community of Christ - All Rights Reserved.