From the Rector’s desk ….
Be part of the Body
Lockdown has been good in so many ways. People have found a new safe and quiet place to be – away from the influences of the world, the flesh and the Devil. Folk have been able to connect with spiritual teaching and be part of church communities across the world just because it is so easy with online aids and Zoom, in particular! In fact, it is being reported that a really common comment pastor’s and clergy are hearing from their flock who have not yet returned to church is “I practice my faith in other ways these days.” I know how precious other options are and there are many that we should hold on to.
The Lord’s desire
But I am here to tell you today that none of them are viable options to overtake the Lord’s desire for everyone of us believers to be part of the local congregation, worshipping regularly together, studying the word of God together, participating in the Sacraments together. Each of these are practices that the Scriptures command us to do together with the Body of Christ, the Fellowship of believers, the Household of God, the Bride of Christ …. Need I say more!!
Here are a few Scriptures to help you decide whether or not it is time to get back together with the new worshipping community of St John the Baptist. We are geared up and waiting for you. Our preachers are standing ready, our youth structures are super-excited, our caring ministry is straining under the load they carry – we are raring to go. We need you and your support to get this ship sailing again. Please join us and contribute to life we share together in Christ.
The Word tells us that we should “Not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some.” (Hebrews 10:25a) We need to sit together and be part of the Body so that we may experience the truth proclaimed in Scripture: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17).
We are a Body and when one part is missing we feel hamstrung. The Bible puts it like this: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
There are just so many reasons. Perhaps one more: “So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:5)
I simply screen-grabbed these from the following web-site. Check it out.
I look forward to seeing you back in the very near future. We love being together here at St John’s, and God instructs us that IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO!
Yours in Christ,
Rob and all the staff.
Lifting up the Downcast
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