Ephesians 5:30, “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”
It is heart-warming and rewarding to see a family grow; especially if it is your own. The early church was known for its care and concern for every member (Acts); they were a loving church family. If churches get cold and impersonal then the body is not functioning as it ought. That is not the case here at Berea. This past Thanksgiving Praise Service warmed my heart. I believe we have seen growth in relationships, trust, and support in the past five months. We need each other!
“18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:18-23 ESV).
It takes great energy to help a family or a body to grow. Great care must be exercised. Families and churches do not blossom simply by saying, “we are a family or we are a church.” Church families require time for conversation, shared experiences, and getting to know each other at deeper levels. It takes effort to listen carefully, respond biblically, and care deeply. We get out of a church family (or whatever relationship you have) what we invest in it. Many testimonies were shared about how God has met needs and how the church family is such an important part of life. The words that impressed me during the time of Thanksgiving testimonies were, “I see the people are happy here.” How could we not be happy when we serve such a loving God and have such a caring church? Truly the “joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Some families are hurtful and some are helpful and healthy; we are the latter. I rejoice in the family of Berea Baptist Church! Let us keep on investing ourselves into what God has given us in our church! Let us keep growing in our love for God and for each other! ~Pastor