Weekend Message Takeaway: “Upward, Inward, Outward”

This past weekend, we were joined by special guest Pastor Danny Fusco from Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA. In his message, Pastor Danny helped us discover how to understand and live the greatest commandment through three movements―upward, inward, and outward—and learn the art of living harmoniously together in a chaotic world. 

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.

 

 

FOR THE NOTE TAKERS
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Danny's teaching this weekend:

The Art of Living Is Loving (1 Corinthians 13:13): Each one of us was created, and then recreated in Christ, to be a vehicle for the love of God to reach this world. The love the Bible is talking about isn’t a common type of love; it’s a self-sacrificing, giving, generous, proactive love that gives what isn’t deserved. We need to be less like Jonah and more like Jesus. 

Live Upward by Loving God: The love we are meant to walk in begins upward by loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our love for Jesus should be a total, all-encompassing love; a holistic love. We must offer up the totality of who we are for who God is!

Live Inward by Loving Yourself: God loves you; He loved you first! His love for you is never-changing and always unconditional. Your upward beliefs drive how you view yourself (identity). The problem of loving ourselves comes when we first live inward instead of upward. If we place our identity in Christ, loving Him above all, we can believe what He says about us and love ourselves for who He says we are. When we divorce the upward from the inward, we end up with self-deification, self-worship, entitlement, and narcissism. The key to biblical self-love is to align ourselves with the cross of Jesus Christ.

Live Outward by Loving Others: Your neighbor is everyone on this earth, no matter who they are and what they believe. And here’s the beauty: Jesus doesn’t ask us to do anything He didn’t or wouldn’t do first or anything He doesn’t equip us to do. And He equips us by the power of the Holy Spirit to love our neighbors compassionately, kindly, and filled with God’s grace. His Spirit drives us to love people, not because they’re deserving, but because we have been loved with an everlasting and eternal love. The world needs the Church of God to stop judging our neighbors because it’s not our judgment that leads people closer to God. The world needs us to love people, even when they’re in rebellion and opposition to Him.

Points to Ponder
1. How can I love more deeply?
2. How can I better love God?
3. How can I allow God’s love to change the way I love myself?
4. How can I better share God’s love with others?

Quote to Remember: This is the prevailing issue of our day: Everyone wants to love themselves without first loving God. And that mix-up in order ruins everything!—Pastor Danny Fusco


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A LOOK AHEAD

Join us this Wednesday as Pastor Doug shares a message on why telling others how Jesus changed our life can help change someone else's life. We'll hear several testimonies from those whose lives were changed because someone was bold enough to share their story with them.

This weekend, we’ll resume our study through the Book of Jonah as Pastor Doug shares a message from Jonah 2.

About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.