NKY Emmaus Community Newsletter November 2023
The Simple Gospel
1 John 3:21-23 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment: that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
This is God’s commandment: that we believe in the name (and nature) of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another. One commandment, two parts. God commands us not just to believe, but to believe and love.
All through Scripture, the Spirit of God interweaves faith and love. In the parable of the wise and foolish builders, Jesus calls us to hear (have faith) and to obey (act in love).1 In the teaching of the sheep and the goats, Jesus reveals that we are not judged on the quality of our theology but on how we loved Him through one another. Paul writes of faith and love as joining to form one spiritual breastplate and explains that the only thing that matters is faith working through love.2 Faith and love are so united that both James and John challenge us to measure our faith not by what we believe, but by how much we love others.3 It is love that gives value and substance to our faith and so we can never separate faith from love.4 The call to faith is a call to love.
1 Peter 1:22-23 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
We can see the connection between faith and love again in this passage. Our souls are purified through faith in the blood of Christ for a sincere love of the brethren. Love is the goal.
(from First Love by Geoff Woodcock)
Your brother in Christ,
Northern Kentucky Emmaus
Community Lay Director
November 9th at Immanuel Lakeside, Dinner will start at 6:15 pm and the gathering starting at 7:00 pm,
Adam Dunn will be our 4th day speaker/NKY Men’s walk number 29
Please come and help us welcome our newest community members from women’s # 49
The women from walk #49 will be meeting at 5:30 pm for a reunion, they will be meeting in rooms 102/104
MEN’S Walk #50:
We are pleased to announce that John Parker will be the men’s walk Lay Director for MW#50 (April 4 thru 7, 2024) Please be praying for John during this time of forming the team.
Pray, Pray, Pray for our upcoming Men’s Walk!
Pray for Pilgrims! Do you know someone you would like to share this amazing experience with? Pray fully consider asking them to attend a walk. Pilgrim information is found on our website www.nkemmaus.com – Sponsorship tab -Pilgrim Application.
Save the Date Candlelight service April 6, 2024 @ 8:00 pm at Higher Ground Conference and retreat center
3820 Logan Creek Ln.
West Harrison, IN 47060