Loving One Another Deeply
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:22-23
Deep Love For One Another Comes When I …..
· Allow God To [penetrate my heart]
12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Heb 4:12-13
· Allow God To [work in my heart]
22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” 25The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; 26it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Lam 3:22-26
· Allow God To [fill my heart]
16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
· Allow God To [know my heart]
1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the man who loves God is known by God. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3
God’s Goal For Me Is To Have….
[his deep love for one another]
3As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work—which is by faith. 5The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:3-5
key: Pierce My Heart, Work in my heart, Fill my heart, Know my heart, His deep love for one another
Eastside Church of Christ Education Department
(Reaching Excellence at Church and at Home)
On September 1, 2004, Eastside began a challenge to our children and teens (ages 4 through 18) to meet certain spiritual objectives appropriate for their age through a program referred to as R.E.A.C.H. As the acronym implies, we expect the children to strive or “reach” for excellence relating to spiritual matters in the areas of memory and scholarship, service and outreach, and worship and creativity. (This program is an adaptation of one used by the Westlake Church of Christ in Indianapolis.)
The R.E.A.C.H. program will run parallel with the school semesters, September through December, and January through May. Each grade level has its own set of challenges. These challenges, described on separate pages for each grade level, are available in a rack in the hallway entrance to the fellowship room. As parents and teachers, please accept the responsibility of motivating our children to complete their tasks. Students may complete the tasks in one semester or use the entire school year (September through May).
How Does the Program Work?
Throughout the week at home and sometimes for a few minutes during Bible class, the children will work on one requirement at a time. When they master each requirement, they will have an opportunity during Bible class on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening to present it to the R.E.A.C.H. council. Students should not wait until they have finished all challenge requirements for their grade level to make a presentation of what they have done to the R.E.A.C.H. council.
The R.E.A.C.H. council is made up of four interested adults who will hear and acknowledge the children as they accomplish each task.. The council will keep a log of the children's progress throughout the semester. Children who have completed satisfactorily all of the tasks for their grade level will be acknowledged before the congregation during Sunday morning worship and presented with a gift from the church. Recognition times will be scheduled in January and June.
It is our intention in the Education Department at Eastside, to provide a biblical, systematic, yet creative approach to the spiritual education of our children. We are striving to offer the children our very best teachers and curriculum.
However, the success of this program will not be dependent on our teachers or our curriculum; it is dependent on you, the parents. Please take an active role at home in assisting your children to meet their R.E.A.C.H. objectives throughout the school year. We look forward to seeing the smiles on their faces when they achieve success; but more than that, we look forward to seeing the fruits they will produce as a result of an increased understanding of God's love and wisdom. We will be grateful for your assistance in helping your children succeed in this program.
Education Program Deacons:
Ed Warner (299-4831)
Tom Woodason (877-6789)