Message From Andy (Youth Minister)

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
- Matthew 22:37-40

Several of our youth had the privilege to attend the Why? Conference hosted by Higher Ground a few weeks ago. It was an amazing time of worship and studying God’s Word as we asked the question: Why Christ?

We took this question to Doe River Gorge and continued to explore it. Why Christ? That question can be answered in many ways, all rooted in scripture, but one answer to the question is this: LOVE.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-40 that we are to love the Lord our God with all that we are – our heart, soul, and mind – and also to love our neighbor, our neighbor being any who are around us where God calls us to walk. The biggest problem this fallen world has is that people love sin more than they love God. Can you imagine how the world would change if we embraced this verse wholeheartedly?

But Why Love?

John 3:16 says it all: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”