Our Testimony of Loving One AnotherBy Bailie Rouse on September 7, 2018
The theme for chapel this semester is "An Appropriate One Another." This week, Dr. Kenneth Reid asked the question "How do our lives speak?" Are we living a lifestyle, which glorifies God and overflows with love for one another? In John 13:34-35, it is evident that as followers of Jesus, we are to live a life, which demonstrates love for God and love for one another. It is clear that love is the defining mark of a community, and Jesus is the example of love that we are to follow.
In his message, Dr. Reid defines love as "God's self-sacrificial tender-hearted disposition and care for his people." This love is not simply just a choice or just an emotion, but is a combination of both. In John 15:12-13, Jesus gives the command to love each other as He has loved us, and there is no greater love than to lay one's life down for another. The phrase "our testimony of loving one another," does not refer to just you and I, but it refers to the whole body of believers. Dr. Reid leaves us with the challenge to consider what is our testimony both personally and collectively. Listen to the whole sermon below.
About the Speaker
Dr. Kenneth Reid, assistant professor of systematic and historical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His research interests include atonement theology, the Trinity, pneumatology, hermeneutics, and biblical justice and racial reconciliation.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Reid enjoys keeping his chess game sharp, reading theology and history, watching documentaries and cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and all Atlanta-based teams (i.e., Falcons, Hawks and Braves).