Maybe you, like me, remember lessons at school in days gone by when they taught us the United States of America is a “melting pot”. I am sure that was an answer on one of my tests back in grade school. It is true. People of different races, colors, languages, religions and backgrounds move here and hopefully they assimilate as citizens of the United States of America. Can you imagine the early Church? Think about all the variety of people and the different ways people had been raised. Yet, they came together through faith in Jesus and when the Spirit of God indwelled them.
On December 1st, our “Doing It by the Book” scripture is Ephesians 2:20-21 (let’s look at verse 19 with it). It talks about how amazing it is that so many different people came together as one.
Ephesians 2:19-21, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
Before coming to faith in Christ, they were strangers. As the Church, they were a family with a purpose. We are too. It is our desire to build disciples on the teaching of the Apostles and prophets with Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone. We desire to come together and be filled by the very presence of the Lord and then take the Good News of the Savior of the world out to all who are in need.
At this time of Christmas, I hope our part of the Body of Christ desires to be filled by God’s Holy Spirit so we can be empowered to share Jesus and then see Him change more lives all around us. Jesus came on that first Christmas to be the Savior of a desperate world. He can and will do the same thing today. Let’s worship and work together to accomplish this amazing mission!
In Jesus’ service,
Pastor Jerry Jeter