Good Morning Church Family,
Last night we celebrated our fifth Sunday Baptism service! We welcomed 7 people into the COBC family, six through the waters of baptism. We welcomed, Ronnie and Danielle White, Jeff Belinda Vince and Ginny Harvey, and Josh. I name them here because they are not numbers, they are members of our family. Our children choir sang, the youth praise band played, the congregation came and prayed over the new members. One of the most beautiful parts of being redeemed by Christ is that we are saved into a faith family. A family diverse in age, background, and ability. Family is a place you are known, loved, and involved in the mutual self-giving love of Christ.
Jesus prays for the unity of His disciples and those who come to know Him through their testimony in John 17:23 praying, “ I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” The greatest defense of the faith is the faith family of the local gathering of Jesus’ disciples (the local church).
The book of Ephesians divides neatly into two section chapters 1-3 are doctrine (what we believe) and chapters 4-6 are practice (how we live in response to what we believe). Take a moment and read chapter four. The section on practicing our faith, on how we ought to respond to the good news of being made alive in Christ and adopted by God, is set in the context of our unified pursuit of Christ.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:15-16
Pictures do not do it justice, you have to come and engage to fully understand. Take a moment this morning a read over Ephesians four asking how God might be calling you to display His love this week!
We love you, we’re praying for you, and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!