In John 13:34 Jesus taught, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” The “one another” in these verses is a reference to fellow believers.
A distinguishing mark of being a follower of Christ is a deep, sincere love for our brothers and sisters in Christ. The apostle John reminds us of this fact elsewhere: “He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:21).
This is why Care for One Another, is one of our 5 key values as a church. We seek to do this as a community by forming deep, life sharing, friendships and we have Pastors, Elders and a Pastoral Care Team on hand to offer further support, in those more challenging moments or stages of life.
But our love must go beyond ourselves, it must go to our neighbour. Jesus also taught in Matthew 22:39 ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’
At Portswood Church we seek to demonstrate the love of Christ, beyond our doors, through our partnership with charities such as Safe Families, Basics Bank and Christians Against Poverty.
In giving these commands, Jesus did something the world had never seen before—He created a group identifiable by one thing: love. If you’d like more information, to receive prayer, talk to someone confidentially or think we may be able to help in some other way, please contact us today.