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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “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.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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The Amazing Opportunity for Church Planting in the ‘Migrant Crisis’

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In last few years, the so-called migrant crisis has dominated the news. Millions of people have been displaced from their home countries, primarily due to war or economic trouble. Given the sheer scale of this phenomenon, it’s right that it be labeled a crisis.

But, as we ought to do with all cultural phenomena, the church must ask: How should we respond? Regardless of your political views, in light of the mandate to take the gospel to the nations, the church ought to see the so-called migrant crisis as an amazing gospel opportunity.

It’s a chance to display the kind of hospitality and welcome that the King has extended to us. In the gospel, we were the stranger with no homeland, but Jesus made us citizens of his glorious kingdom—all by his grace and mercy. As Christ’s people, we should be marked by that kind of love.

A number of churches in Italy are responding as such. Today, I have Rob Krause with me on the podcast to talk about church planting and ministry among migrants in Italy.

You can listen to this podcast episode here.


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