December 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 lift one another up in prayer privately and in worship in the Church.

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Continuing with the thoughts out of the Book of Order, another aspect of being a faithful member means, “studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life.” God has entrusted to us the Word of life—both in print format and in physical form. The print format is the Bible. The physical form that the Bible speaks about is Jesus Christ. Each week we read the Scriptures in worship to highlight the importance of us being people of the Word—the Bible and of Jesus.

The reasons for this are many. There are many places in the world in which truth is not a primary concern. There has been a move in our culture to say that truth is fluid, that it may be different for you than it is for me. This is near impossible. A reality cannot be different for one than another. One plus one cannot mean two for one person and three for another. This is where the Bible is critical for the Bible speaks of absolute truth. This is a truth that exists regardless of what another may say about it.

What are some aspects of this truth—love is stronger than hate. Life is precious. Our sins deeply affect our relationship with God and with others. Sin can be erased through the gift of the cross. Life has more power than death. Studying the Scripture and knowing the Bible helps one to know these great truths and more. As Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).

As the faithful ones, as members and attenders of the Church, when we study the Bible, 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