Creating Community in Christ
Where are we going? And how are we going to get there? These are very important questions for Light of the Hills. God has greatly blessed this church for 27 years. But what does the future hold?
Over the next few months I want to give you a brief outline of how God works with people, and how that can apply to Light of the Hills. I find it exciting and invigorating, and I hope you do too! Light of the Hills has the opportunity to shine so brightly for years to come! By God’s grace, let’s make that happen!
Here is one way of describing what God does when He creates community:
- He Connects with people, and He Connects people to each other.
- He Cultivates people like a good farmer, growing them strong in His Word.
- He Cares for them, and teaches them to Care for each other and for others.
- He Carries the Gospel, the Good News to His people, and teaches them how to Carry the Gospel to others in daily life.
Each month, I want to look at one of these components. This month, we look at how God connects to us, and connects us to each other.
The Bible has some powerful and fascinating verses about this. Consider what God says in Galatians 3:26-27:
You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all who have been baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves in Christ.
And in 1 Corinthians 10:16-17:
Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
And in Ephesians 4:11-13
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
In every case, we see God connecting His people to Himself and to each other by His powerful Word, whether that is spoken, in baptism, or at the Lord’s Supper. This is why worship is so incredibly important. It’s where we are connected to our Savior and to one another. We are forgiven, made into the Body of Christ, and prepared to serve Him together.
So don’t miss out on worship! Enjoy it! Celebrate what God does!
Because Christ is risen!