The Gospel that Jesus brought to this world turns many of our value systems upside down in order to bring the wholeness, peace, and fulfillment we are all searching for in this life. The path to experiencing a full life—as taught and modeled by Jesus—comes through emptying ourselves for the sake of others. To say it another way, Jesus says in Luke 9:24 (The Message), "Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self." While it may be easy to agree with this idea in principle, our natural reaction any time we come under pressure is to turn inward and indulge our self. What's fascinating is that social sciences are proving that the way Jesus taught in Scripture—even though it's counter- intuitive—is absolutely true. Studies continue to show that the more we focus on serving and helping others in need, the happier and healthier we ourselves actually become. And the same way this principle is true for individuals, it's also true for groups, including congregations. The more we focus our energy and attention on those on the outside margins of our world, the healthier and more content our church will become on the inside (OUTSIDE/INSIDE). Henri Nouwen says it this way: "The Church will always be renewed when our attention shifts from ourselves to those who need our care."