How are you? How is your week going? I feel like we just started the year, and we are already halfway through the month! Have you been faithful this year in blessing your gospel family?
We had the pleasure of receiving God’s Word through His servant, Pastor Dan, this past Sunday, as he spoke from Titus 2. He talked to us about being part of this Gospel Family, and each of us having a role in this family. We are called to disciple one another. We are called to have gospel-flavored conversations. The “How-are-yous” should switch to “How-can-I-pray-for-yous.” The blessing between our members are not one-way. We bless one another in Christ. Have we done that this past week? Will we do it in 2020?
One part that really stuck out to me is when P. Dan noted that almost every group in this passage is called to be self-controlled. We are called to be self-controlled in our conversations and actions. We are called to be self-controlled in our relationships. We are called to be self-controlled in our doctrine and our hearts.
I don’t know about you, but this sermon really humbled me. A lot of my conversations are not gospel-flavored. A lot of my actions and thoughts are not self-controlled. I fail in loving the generations before and after me.
But praise God that our hope is in the Christ who was self-controlled. He was self-controlled in his actions, speech, and thoughts. He was self-controlled, obeying the Father to the point of death itself. It is His death that allows us to be one gospel family. He has broken down every wall of division between us, because His blood has covered us and united us. He was torn apart, so that they we may be One. Through His life, death, and resurrection, we can say what PD shared this past week: “There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is one all and through all and in all.” -Ephesians 4:4-6.
May the Lord bless you this week. May He remind you of the Christ that has saved you and the Christ that has placed you in this gospel family. And may He use you to bless others.
See you on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship!
In Christ,
Pastor Tim
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