I have really enjoyed taking time out over the summer and trying some new things. I have played 20-20, gone on a boat trip searching for dolphins, went for a ride on the rattlesnake and played golf on a links course.
It is fun to try new things but as followers of Christ we need to remain faithful to our calling to follow Him. Discipleship involves discipline and patterns for life, such as studying the scriptures and meeting together to worship with other believers.
We read in Hebrews 10 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
One of the books I have read over the summer reminded me of something that has always been central to my understanding of church life and being a follower of Christ.
"Every person in a church has a part to play - it may be a small part or a big part - but everyone is needed. That involves time, energy and money. In Romans 12: 4 it tells us a body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. That's how it is with us. There are many of us, but we each are part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another. "
Our commitment is not just to Christ, but also to his Church and his cause -we are part of each other with a part to play.
As we begin to re-group after the summer break let each one of us move into this new term knowing the certainty that ‘Every person in a church has a part to play- it may be a small part or a big part - but everyone is needed.’
I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for your hard work and commitment to Christ and your contribution towards the ministry at Emmanuel Church.
It is amazing to see what a group of faithful and generous people can do.