"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:11)
Did you know there are 50+ references to the words "one another" in the Bible? Because "one another" is important to God, it is important to us. As a church, we provide a number of different contexts "to love one another." There are three primary ways to connect with "one another" at Oikos LA.
1. Corporately | Sunday Worship
Every week we gather together on Sunday morning to receive love from God and give love to our neighbor. Everyone is welcome. We receive God's love by hearing His Word sung and preached. We also receive his love by taking Communion together. We then turn and love our neighbor through a welcome handshake, a loving hug, and an encouraging word. Come empty and leave full, because we have a lot of love to give.
2. Publicly | Weekly Gatherings
Every week we offer a number of different activities and Bible Study options where people can gather around God's Word to hear from Him and love their neighbor. Always feel free to invite people who might not attend our church. The best place to start is usually our Connect 101: Membership Course. We also offer a Bible Study once a semester for 12 weeks as well as Small Groups.
3. Personally | One-on-One
We also want "to love one another" outside of our public gatherings. Although there is no requirement to gather with others in your home or at the local coffee shop, we encourage everyone to do so. No person is an island and no Christian can receive the love of Christ apart from other Christians. The author of Hebrews understood this when he connected the "confession of our hope" with the words "meet together" two verses later.
"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." (Hebrews 10:23-25)