We as believers in Christ are challenged by our culture that is becoming more and more anti-Christian. We are struggling to raise our children and grandchildren in a world that influences them to abandon their Christian heritage and beliefs. We want our children to be happy, to be accepted and to fit in--and their world demands that they conform to fit in.
If we believe what God tells us in His Word, then we understand that if we refuse to conform to the world’s standards, we will never be accepted or "fit in." Jesus wasn’t accepted, He didn’t fit in, and neither will true believers. We may even be subjected to ridicule, be made fun of, or be treated differently if we hold Christian beliefs and values.
Children of God are strangers and sojourners in this world (1 Peter 2:11). We have been blessed to have been saved through the blood of Jesus and our faith in what Christ did for us at the cross. Through His Word and by His grace, He has made us His children and adopted us into His family. We are now to live our lives being followers of Jesus and serving Him.
We are to live holy and set apart for the glory of God. We are not to conform to the world and live as we did before we came to trust in Christ. We desperately need each other as we attempt to live as followers of Christ. We need to love each other and encourage each other as we pass through this life together. The Apostle Peter challenges the church of all ages when he reminds us, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart” (I Peter 1:22).
We should love each other and enjoy spending time together. Our Life Groups are a tremendous way of living life together and encouraging each other. Pray about joining a Life Group and experience living life together. Our upcoming Valentine's Day Banquets are another way of connecting with the body of Christ. Come join the members of our church in fellowship on Friday evening, February 10th at 7:00PM (adults over 40) or Saturday, February 11th at 6:00PM (40 and under). Finally, pray for the body of Christ at Wilmer, participate in the ministry of your church, and pursue a life of holiness and God will bless.