September Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Last year, this column of mine in the newsletter focused on how to deepen your faith using the spiritual gifts that we have in our Christian walk. This year, I would like for us to ponder what it means to be a member of a church, or what it means to be attached to a church.

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According to the Book of Order of the PCUSA (our guide in terms of how to order the church), being a member means that we participate in Christís mission. A faithful member bears witness to Godís love and grace, and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christís Church. And then follows a series of 11 statements that explains what it means to be a member.

The first statement is ìproclaiming the good news in word and deed. Our primary responsibility of being a member is to show the good news of the gospel. One of the primary ways in which we show the good news is how we treat each other, and how we treat those who come to church as visitors.

The Church is training ground for us Christians. It is the place in which we learn how to deal with another who is different than us. It is a chance to learn how to effectively practice Christian grace and hospitality. One of the places that churches fail in this is when someone gets offended by another church member.

When we are offended by another, instead of harboring that grudge, go to that person privately and share your hurt. Instead of bringing others into the offense by gossip or sharing your hurt, go directly to the one who has committed the action. Not only is this biblical, but it cuts down on drama in the church and in our lives. It gives us a chance to grow spiritually as individuals and as the church.

When we practice the good news, we allow Christís light to shine through us and through the church. Then we become what we were intended, proclaimers of the good news, in word and deed.

In Christís Love,
Pastor Mark