Have you ever found it difficult to love like Jesus?

Consider the relationships God has given you. Do you find it easy to love those who are closest to you? Your spouse, your children, your friends, or co-workers?

Is love something people just tend to fall in and out of over time?

Are you willing to embrace the high calling of Jesus to “love your enemy and do good to those who do evil against you”?

How we love one another matters to the Lord.

The Christian life is one committed to loving God and loving others. Jesus even told his followers that they ought to be “known by their love” (John 13:35). The scripture also declares, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). While most Christians recognize the need for Christlike love, they will also admit how challenging it is to love like this. Praise God for the example of God’s Son, Jesus!

Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13). The love of God for those whom He has created was put on display through the sending of His one and only Son (John 3:16). It is this kind of love that Christians seek to emulate over the course of their Christian journey. 

On Saturday, September 30th, we welcome guest speaker Dr. Nicolas Ellen as he teaches us from God’s word, helping us grow in our understanding and application of God’s love.


Saturday, September 30, 2023 | 9am-3pm

Session 1: The Significance of Love

Session 2: Loving People in the Midst of Suffering

Session 3: Love Believes All Things

Session 4: Loving Difficult People

Sessions will run approximately one hour with short breaks in between

Attendees will be dismissed for lunch off-site (a 90-minute break from 11:45 to 1:15)

Lunch will be provided at The Chapel for registered children

Attendees are invited to return on Sunday morning (October 1st) to hear Dr. Ellen teach during a joint Sunday School hour (9:00am) and Worship Service (10:30am).

Cost: $10 per attendee

Childcare available for registered attendees - $5 per child (birth through age 10)

Deadline to register for childcare is Sunday, September 24th

Register Online

About our Speaker

Dr. Nicolas Ellen is the Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston Texas and Senior Professor of Biblical Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies. Dr. Ellen has also developed a biblical counseling training center called Expository Counseling Center LLC.

He received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, his M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University, Santa Clarita, California, his Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky and his Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Ellen is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and travels nationwide with the organization teaching biblical counseling principles. In addition, he is also a Senior Member of the Biblical Counseling Framework Association. Dr. Ellen and his wife Dr. Venessa Ellen have two children and four grandchildren.