This week in chapel, Darrell Yoder began his teaching by asking the question, “what is blocking your view, and are you willing to move?” Darrell taught out of 1 John 4:7-12, which calls us to love one another, and the Scripture stresses that if we do not love one another, then we do not know God. God’s love is made complete in us when we move toward loving one another, but this love requires that we sacrifice things in our own lives, in order to meet the needs of others.
Darrell emphasized that love is set on the good of others, and it often takes us in two uncomfortable directions. First, love involves us in the brokenness of others, and it takes on the pain and suffering of those around us. If we choose to withhold love in order to avoid hurt, our experience of God will be hindered. But as we involve ourselves in the sufferings of one another, we are able to see God’s love more clearly. Secondly, love will involve us in our own brokenness. In order to be a disciple of Christ, we must take up our cross—a tool of execution—and die to the self. In order to love others as God calls us to, we must deny the self and let God go to work on us. As we are transformed in the process, we experience God more deeply through our love for one another. In John’s words, “God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us” (v. 12).
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Darrell Yoder has been serving in pastoral ministry since 2009 and is currently a program director and adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He earned a B.A. from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
At GRTS, Darrell focuses on spiritual formation and pastoral ministry. He leads two scholarship programs for Master of Divinity students—the Pirsig Fellowship and the Kern Scholars Program—where he provides spiritual retreats and oversees small groups that seek to cultivate students’ personal spiritual formation.
Darrell also gives leadership to the GRTS Talking Points program, which serves pastors, ministry leaders and counselors by providing events and resources that engage topics related to theology, culture and vocation.
Outside of GRTS, Darrell is an ordained pastor and the director of the Evangelical Seminary Deans Council, a professional development network of evangelical seminary deans. Darrell and his wife, Cindy, live with their three children in Rockford, Mich.