5th Nov 2023 – Minister’s Letter – “All one in Christ”
So say the words at the front of church, but are we truly one? Well, we have been united by Christ into one family, into the body of Christ (1 Corinthian 12:13), but we also have to work to make this unity a practical reality.
Ephesians 4:2-3 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians emphasises how people from diverse backgrounds have been united by faith in Christ. But it then instructs us in the need to work to express that unity.
Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34) This love needs to be expressed in practical care for each other.
If we are going to have a practical unity and to care for each other, we need to build relationships with each other. Getting to know each other can be helped by wearing a name tag (I know some people don’t like wearing a tag!). It can be helped by moving beyond a small circle of people we already know and talking to others at morning tea.
Can you think of other ways to deepen relationships with others at church?