Hello Friends, and welcome to the new online 'Pastor's Desk.' I will try to post some thoughts on this blog each Wednesday (sometimes I'll ask others to share here as well). My hope is that these ideas and reflections will be an encouragement and a challenge to you during your week - ideas that you can discuss around the dinner table, on your morning commute, or in your LIFE groups. So, here it goes, I hope you are encouraged. -Pastor N. Erik
FIBC DAY 2017:
Wow, what a weekend! FIBC Day last Saturday was well attended despite the threat of rain and the potluck table under the tent was chock full of delicious dishes and desserts. It quickly became a well-known fact that it was also my birthday. But what we really were celebrating was our FIBC family of many nations, a body of Christ with many members.
“Where do I belong in this body?”
A body consists of many interdependent parts and a church has many members. It is vital for a body’s parts to belong to the body and be actively functioning. Equally important, a Christian must belong to a local body of Christ and be actively functioning in that body. That was our theme, and on Sunday, we explored in greater detail Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 12 about the body of Christ. It is critical that we understand how God’s Spirit, which we have in common because of our confession that “Jesus is Lord,” has distributed a wide variety of Spiritual gifts to the church’s members. Those gifts are given “for the common good,” not our own benefit. They are intended for the body of Christ to remain healthy and grow to maturity. So, if a local church like FIBC is to become everything that God wants it to be, each member must remember that (1) our body is made of many parts and (2) that those parts depend on each other. The body needs each member, and each member needs the body. Plain and simple, it means that if a Christian decides to stay away from a local church, he or she is either saying, “I am not needed” or “I don’t need the local church.”
But we should be asking, “where do I belong in this body?” Because I need others to become the person God made me to be and because I care about others, I should belong to a local church like FIBC and be an actively functioning member.
*Today's Spiritual Challenge: Do you know how you have been gifted? Are you helping a local church like FIBC achieve its mission and fulfill its purpose? Are you currently serving on a ministry team? Find out where you belong. Today.
Special thanks to Styfens for this lovely FIBC DAY video, feel free to share on Facebook!
“We look for God to manifest Himself to His children: God only manifests Himself in His children.” (Oswald Chambers)