Read John 13:34-35
Ministry: Loving people to Jesus in the City of Light (Paris, France)
Missionaries: The Plasters of Paris, Rob and Nichole Plaster
In our home, the Gospel is about sharing God’s love with people who have often never met anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus.
Discipleship is often about growing alongside those who have never touched a Bible before and having the privilege of offering them their first Bible and accompanying them to learn to read it for themselves.
Here, church planting means cultivating a community of discipleship with people who have never seen a loving relationship modeled but who are willing to commit themselves to grow together.
“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you.
All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” (John 13:34-35)
Here are some observations from the text:
- God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16). You are God’s first choice in modeling His love to the nations.
- God loves when you let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16). God is asking you to live your loving relationships in the public eye.
- God’s grace is enough for you. When you are weak, then His power is made perfect in you (2 Corinthians 12:9). God loves using our imperfections and messy relationships. If we pretend to have it all together, how will our neighbors know WHO really holds us together?
How do you love someone to Jesus? By walking with them through the good times and the bad times, by weaving eternal truth into everyday conversations, by sowing large quantities of the word of God into their lives, and by teaching them to be students of the Holy Spirit every day.
Thank you for sending us to shine the Light in the City of Light, Paris, France.
Pray: Pray with us that the Lord of the harvest would send workers into the harvest field (Matthew 9:38). Our hearts are burdened to start a new church plant near our home. May God raise up kindred spirits who love discipleship, urban centers and the organic growth of Life Transformation Groups®.
Rob & Nichole Plaster