A Message From Pastor Thomas

"Making a Difference"

February 2022
A Cord of Three Strands

As we walk through the Sermon on the Mount on Sunday mornings something has caught my eye. This amazing sermon that Jesus gave says A LOT about community. All the sermons that we’ve looked at in January have something to do with how we interact with each other. The Beatitudes, Salt & Light, and Jesus' interpretation of the Mosaic Law in Matthew 5:17-48…they all impact our relationship with people.

In this all important sermon, Jesus wants us to see that community is VITAL. We were created to interact with people. We need each other! Part of the reason for that is because we were created in the “Imago Dei” (the Image of God.) We see that even God has community in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. 

In Ecclesiastes 4 we find these words: 

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

As I reflected on that passage I couldn’t help but think about our church in a multitude of ways. Here are a few things I thought about: 

1. We are important to each other because we need encouragement and support. 
2. We are all valuable because our work is stronger when we work together. 
3. We learn about God through our relationships with each other. 

There are dozens more of these reasons and as I listed these I’m sure you thought of some that haven’t even crossed my mind. That’s the beauty of a church. It’s a body that is tied together not by biology but by God’s spirit. It’s something that we choose to connect to. It’s made of people that we can relate with. But more than anything about us, it’s something that is focused beyond ourselves. It’s strong and fragile. It takes work and offers peace. It’s all about Jesus and His example.

As we journey through February, I want to challenge each of us to look for ways that we can strengthen our community. Not just the community within our church, but the community as a whole. 

I know that God wants us to reflect his light to the people around us. God has called us to be Salt & Light. God wants us to be fully devoted followers of Christ. And when we are, I think we’ll find God’s strength is like a cord of three strands in our homes, our church and our community.

In Christ,
Pastor Thomas