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Comments from Pastor, David Spaulding

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David Spaulding
Pastor David and Jeanne Spaulding

We have launched an evening Bible Study entitled "Being the Church." I am excited about the group we have meeting and the topics we will be studying. By the way, all are invited.

Being the Church begins with Jesus, our relationship with Jesus and our Triune God. It is about having a purpose and being in a loving, learning, growing relationship with others. Being the Church is about how we live and what we do. I want to share some Scripture and thoughts about this. In Romans 16:25-27. We receive a blessing with words of encouragement, along with a reminder of what we are to do.

"All of our praise rises to the One who is strong enough to make you strong, exactly as preached in Jesus Christ, precisely as revealed in the mystery kept secret for so long but now an open book through the prophetic Scriptures. All the nations of the world can now know the truth and be brought into obedient belief, carrying out the orders of God, who got all this started, down to the very last letter. All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes!" (The Message) Paul certainly can be a strong corrector of people's ways. In his sometimes challenging teaching of Jesus' way, we are reminded that following Christ and doing what Jesus will have us do is sometimes hard. We do have to choose though: Christ followers: yes, or, no?

Our choice moves us into the actions we will take as the church. Paul also gives encouragement and blessings through our Lord Jesus who makes us strong; who now wants us to share the good news which had been a mystery until Jesus was glorified; we will continually praise God; and there will be a blessing for obedience to God. The mystery which has been a secret until Christ is glorified is no longer a mystery. We need to understand, claiming it for ourselves and then be compelled to share it with others. You see, Christ is Risen! Christ lives!

Let me expand on the true meaning of the mystery and actions of Jesus Christ for us:

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. God created humankind in God's own image. He created him in the image of God. He created them male and female. (1:1, 27) God intended to be in relationship with humankind, but humankind turned away. God sent a savior who would enable humankind to come back into right relationship with God. He is Emmanuel and you shall call his name Jesus. He is God, the Son of God, yet he empties himself to become human, living in servanthood and humility.

God loves us. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:910) Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:4, 11) Jesus said, "37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day." (John 6:37-39)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20 ) 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." 5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 21:4-5 NIV)

Christ follower: yes, or, no?

In Christian Love,
Pastor Dave