The beginning series of articles on the Gospel of John.
Hello everyone. I am Pastor Steve Bragg. My family and I lived the last eight years as missionaries in the Philippines. During that time, we planted thirty new churches in the remote, isolated villages called Barangays. In these barangays, poverty and malnutrition are extreme. We provide feeding programs, clothing programs, scholarships, meet medical needs when we can, and proclaim the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is a holistic approach that works well. The phrase we most hear is “no one has ever helped us before.” We not only help their physical needs but give them the hope and promises of a loving God who created them and wants to show His love through blessings.
I found this to be most true that when people turn to God, He hears their prayers and blesses them. Even when a small number turn to God the blessings fall on the entire community. God transforms lives and community. We have witnessed bad water turn to good, crops improve, the overall health of people restored, and marriages and families healed.
I would like to write a series of articles about God from the Gospel of John for your encouragement. John had a special loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I find the love of God to be the most compelling proof that He exists in my walk with Him. In fact, the Bible says, “God is Love.” If God is love, then He defines love. If God is love, then His love must be demonstratable, and evident.
“Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God’s children and they know God. Those who do not love do not know God because God is love. God has shown His love to us by sending His only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ. This is love! It is not that we loved God but that He loved us. For God sent His Son to pay for our sins with His own blood. Dear friends, if God loved us that much, then we should love each other. No person has ever seen God at any time. If we love each other, God lives in us. His love is made perfect in us. He has given us His Spirit. This is how we live by His help and He lives in us.” (1 John 4:7-13 New Life Version).