On Sunday, Pastor Josh read the Author’s Note from Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller:
I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing a saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.
After that I liked jazz music.
Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.
Christians living together in authentic and biblical community display the image of God. God exists in community, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Community is important in so many ways, but none of them more important than the fact that community brings glory to God. And when we love God and each other, together, authentically and biblically, in community, God will open people’s hearts to see His glory, the fame of Christ, and the power of the Gospel for the transformation of their lives. Sometimes people have to see us loving one another and loving Jesus before they will love His themselves.