In this lesson we look at some common misunderstandings about the church that Christ promised to build and try to clear them up.
As the Family of God, we need to know each other. We are told that we should weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice, Romans 12:15. We are also to bear one another’s burdens, Galatians 6:2. In addition to these, we are to think of others more highly than ourselves, pray for one another, treat others as we would want to be treated, and express brotherly love and kindness among other good things. In order to do these things we have to share our lives with each other.
In hopes of helping us to grow closer as a family we are going to get to know a different family each week through our bulletin article. I am hoping that each week as you read about other members you will know them a little better and feel a little closer as a result. I hope that each week I can provide you with some interesting facts that you didn’t know about your fellow brothers and sisters at Blue Ridge. Of course, I am looking forward to getting to know you all better as a result of these interviews and articles as well.
In both Ephesians 6:22 and Colossians 4:8 Paul tells these churches that he is sending some one to tell them how he and his companions are doing and that this person will encourage them. There is encouragement in sharing with others how we are and how they are and having something in common as we do in the church can certainly be encouraging as well. Knowing others care about us and that they are thinking of us and praying for us is not just helpful when catastrophe strikes, but all of the time.
Let’s get to know one another better so that we can better encourage one another, help one another, be closer to one another, and pray for one another. In 1 Corinthians 13:12, Paul says there is coming a time when we will know fully, but for now we only know in part. Let’s try to know as big a part as we can until we can know fully.
4 Ways to Serve Like Christ (Josh Cochran) and Things Needed for Church Growth Past and Present - part 1 (James Pasley)
Today is our Homecoming and Friends & Family Day so let’s talk about those 3 words. We often hear things like: There’s no place like home.; Family is the most important thing.; A friend is one you call to bail you out of jail, your best friend is in jail with you; Home is where the heart is.; Family is where they have to take you in.; With friends like you who needs enemies. There are dozens more, some serious, some humorous, but all reminding us that home, family, and friends are important.
Home should be something that we think of positively like the prodigal son in Luke 15, but it isn’t always the case. Not all of us have always had a happy home, but that is where the church should come in. Heaven is ultimately the home where there is neverending joy and peace, but our church home should foreshadow what Heaven will be like. We want everyone who comes to Blue Ridge to feel at home in the best way possible.
Friends are truly a beautiful part of life. In the Bible we read of David and Jonathan who were the closest of friends, Jesus said we could be his friends if we do what he commands, Proverbs says there is even a friend that sticks closer than a brother. As Christian friends we should be closer to one another than even some of our physical family members. We share a faith and a hope that the world doesn’t have and that brings us closer together.
Family is another of those words that should bring good feelings and good memories and I hope it does for you, but I know it doesn’t for everyone. Some families fuss and fight and mistreat each other. In some cases physical family causes pain and sorrow, and when that is the case a church family can make up for what was missing. We are supposed to be God’s Family and if he is our father we should act like him, love like him, talk like him, try to think like him, and treat others like he does. If you have a good physical family we can add a spiritual family to it, if you didn’t or don’t have a good relationship with physical relatives we can be the family you don’t have.
You can’t have too many good friends, family members, and homes. We want to be part of your life so we can bless you.
Articles from our bulletin. Mostly written by James Pasley, our preacher and Sunday's Sermons.