April Newsletter

Dear Friends,

In this column this year, we are going to focus on what it means to be a member of, or attached to, a church. Last month, we looked at the fact that we are to be in service to one another as the means by which we show the love of Christ.

The Book of Order, which defines our day to day activities as a Presbyterian congregation, states that another aspect of being a faithful member means, “living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life.”

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Since church membership means that you are proclaiming that Christ is your Lord and Savior, this declaration needs to be reflected in every area of your life—from personal to social to job to political to cultural. As we take Christ into every area of our lives, into all of who we are, we factor our thoughts through the Bible. As we are more familiar with the Scripture, we then apply it to our thoughts about the culture, entertainment, vocational pursuits, politics, family interactions, etc.

We use Jesus as our guide in these matters. It is then that we realize that leading someone back to God is more important than what TV we watch or candidate we support. We realize that our family is a gift to us, and we need to cherish them in the love of Christ, assisting them in learning about and loving Jesus Christ by bringing them to Sunday School, by making Bible Study a priority, by making Sunday worship attendance a regular part of who we are instead of something we do if there is nothing else to do. As we faithfully serve, we do receive strength to deal with all of the areas of our lives because we are plugging into the strength promised—Christ Jesus.

As we are faithful in the areas of our lives given to us, we will shine as Christ’s own. Then God will give assurance that He is working through us and in us as we faithfully discharge the responsibility given to us. As the faithful ones, as members and attenders of the Church, when we live out the love of Christ, we show others that we are truly grounded in grace, that we live in love, and are growing for God.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Mark