What is Love?

The vision of Agape Ann Arbor is to be a community experiencing and expressing God’s love. Unfortunately most people in our culture don’t really know what love is. We seem to have connected love inseparably to romance. We define love as that feeling we get in our chest when we’re near to whom we’re sexually attracted. For the record, that’s not love. That’s a hormonal response to physical attraction.

So, what is love? Oftentimes, it’s easier to describe something by describing its opposite. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s selfishness. Love is looking at others and sacrificing of yourself for them. The purest example of love is Jesus. Paul describes Jesus’ love in his letter to the church in Phillipi:

Though he was in the form of God,
He chose not to cling to equality with God.
But poured himself out to fill a vessel brand new;
a servant in form
a man indeed.
The very likeness of humanity,
He humbled Himself,
obedient to death –
a merciless death on the cross!
Philippians 2:6-8 (The Voice)

Jesus gave up everything including His life for us. That is the ultimate expression of love. “There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends” (John 15:13 The Voice).

That is what Agape Ann Arbor is all about. We’re about giving our lives for the City of Ann Arbor. We’re here to make Ann Arbor a better city through our investment here. We’re here to give of ourselves, our time, our resources, and our abilities to the people around us so to make their lives better. We will do this in such a way as to draw them to the One who sacrificed everything so that we could have life and “have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV).

How about you? Do you love the people around you? Are you ready to sacrifice yourself for the 98,000 people in Ann Arbor, MI who don’t know Jesus? Join the movement. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook. Join our prayer team. Or just come visit us at our next gathering.

Jesus said that the world would know we were his disciples by our love (John 13:35)

What is Agape Ann Arbor?

Have you ever spent time thinking about what you’re known for? Joe Montana is know for being an amazing quarterback. Oprah Winfrey is know for being a media mogul. Snooki and the Situation are known for taking themselves way too seriously.

As we launch Agape Ann Arbor it’s important to establish what we want to be known for.  It’s important to establish our identity.  Agape Ann Arbor is a community experiencing and expressing God’s love.  The night before Jesus was crucified he gathered with his closest friends to share one last meal.  During that meal he gave that community their identity.  He told them that they were to be people who loved and loved well.  He said that the most distinguishing characteristic of their community would be the love they had for each other.

Unfortunately, many who call themselves Christ-followers, or Christians, have forgotten what our identity should be.  We’ve gotten caught up in making sure we look the right way, or say the right things, or vote the right way, or protest the right issues.  We’ve forgotten that our job is to love.

Agape Ann Arbor is all about cutting through the crap and getting down to what Jesus said his followers should be about.  Yes, there are things that we believe.  But those beliefs fuel our purpose to love each other and the city of Ann Arbor.  We will be known for how we love.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more about Jesus, or Agape Ann Arbor.  We’d love to get to know you.