Dear Beloved Church Family
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. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-22).
Amidst all the change and happenings around us recently there is one thing that remains constant and steadfast – the love of the Lord toward those who trust in Him. He sustains us, as His people, in His grace and mercy that He has shown to us through Christ Jesus our Lord. All of this is for the display of His glory in and through us. What amazing grace!
When we consider who we were in our sin – separated from Christ, isolated from the community of God’s people, and foreigners to all the Lord’s covenant promises – we truly had no hope and were without God in this world (Ephesians 2:12).
But now Christ Jesus, our Great High Priest, offering the perfect atoning sacrifice for our sin – Himself, has brought us near to God. He has made us one new man together in His Church. He has made peace for us – peace with God and peace amongst us as His people, bringing us together from diverse cultures and backgrounds. He has killed the hostility that our sin had caused. All praise to His Glorious Name!
And so, through Christ, we all have access to the Father that we may draw near to Him together in prayerfulness and intercession, lifting up holy hands to the Lord without anger or quarrelling. We are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s family. We are established on the truth of the Faith, God’s Word, that has once for all been delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Jesus Christ holds us together and keeps us in the steadfast love of the Father till the end. What a great hope that we have in the love of God and our salvation (1 John 2:28-3:3). What an amazing heritage that we share in Christ’s righteousness (1 John 3:4-10). Let us remain steadfast with one love, having the same heart in Christ (1 John 3:11-18).
Let us, by the grace of the Holy Spirit given to each of us, work together in Christ to be a dwelling place for God in Springs community. May we increasingly see the Lord’s kingdom come amongst us and may He be pleased to add to our number and grow us into a holy temple in the Lord.
Let us pray earnestly with and for one another. Let us intercede for our community. Let us share the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us converse the worth of Christ.
Your brother and fellow minister in the Gospel