Southeast’s current sermon series, “People Matter,” shows just how much people matter to God. 

“In our fast-paced, selfie culture, we struggle to take our eyes off of ourselves and to place our eyes on others, but there is no more powerful example of intentionally expressing value and love to people than that of the life of Jesus Christ,” Pastor Dave Stone said in his message March 9-10. “His words and His actions communicated that people mattered. Jesus was the master of caring about the small things in people’s lives. He wanted people to experience transformation through an encounter with Him.”

For six weeks, Stone, Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman, Lead Team Pastor Matt Reagan and Southeast’s campus pastors will walk through what the Bible says about loving others and how to practice loving others like Jesus in all aspects of life.

As will special guests Bob Goff and Albert Tate.

Southeast will welcome the founder of Love Does, best-selling author and speaker Bob Goff during weekend worship services March 23-24. Fellowship Monrovia Lead Pastor Albert Tate will speak during services April 6-7.

Goff will share a message titled “Everybody Always,” which comes from his best-selling book of the same name.

“Jesus talked to His friends a lot about how we should identify ourselves,” Goff writes. “He said it wouldn’t be what we said we believed or all the good we hoped to do someday. Nope, He said we would identify ourselves simply by how we loved people. It’s tempting to think there is more to it, but there’s not. Love isn’t something we fall into; love is someone we become.”

Goff also is the author of “Love Does,” another best-seller. Before pursuing the Lord’s call to write and speak full-time, Goff worked as a California lawyer for 25 years.

In 2001, Goff founded Restore International, now known as Love Does, an organization dedicated to helping children by providing basic necessities like a safe place to live, access to education and medical care.

In 2012, Goff published “Love Does” and gave away all the profits to the Love Does organization. Love Does currently has projects in Uganda, Nepal, India, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

The following week, March 30-31, Dave Stone will preach.

April 6-7, Albert Tate, lead pastor and founder of Fellowship Monrovia in Monrovia, California, will return to Southeast to share the message, “People Matter.”

Tate combines vibrant storytelling and relatable humor to present Biblical truth in imperative and engaging ways.

The series “People Matter” comes from John 13:34-35, where 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.’”

“For the next six weeks, I want this to be our anthem,” Stone said. “I want us to be so caught up in loving others that we begin to see people the way that God sees them. My hope and prayer in this series is that you will be encouraged to be intentional and that you will be available to those in need.”