Updated: Feb 24
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Everything we do in obedience to God’s Word should flow from the overwhelming realization that God chose to love us first, even though we didn’t deserve it. His love is unconditional, unrestricted, and unrelenting. It’s a special kind of love. Once experienced, it is to be shared with others who have likewise experienced it because, when that happens, the world takes notice.
At the Grace Collective we seek to show this love for one another in practical, moment-by-moment expressions of interpersonal grace. We consistently spend time together, live life together, support one another, rejoice together, weep together and share our God-given gifts with each other. We live as a church in the mundane daily activities and in the special occasions. We encourage, exhort, and rebuke one another, and hold each other in condemnation-free, loving accountability.
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself...”
After Jesus summed up the Old Testament for his followers with a couple of simple statements, a skeptical lawyer nearby challenged him by asking Jesus to define who exactly his neighbor was. In response, Jesus told the famous “Good Samaritan” parable. His point was obvious, anyone you come in contact with that needs your help (even if they are different than you) is your neighbor.
The Grace Collective is here to serve the city we all love, Norfolk. Informally in our daily lives and formally as a church, we want to be known for helping to ease the pain and suffering in our community and for bringing hope to those in our city.