|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Overcoming”
Our Bible verse for today: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overcomers rely on others to help them.”
The 2001 HBO series “Band of Brothers” was a war drama based upon the real military unit “Easy Company, 2 Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division.” The series begins with the story of how these men came together as a unit in basic training. It then follows them through advanced parachute training and then into battle in Europe during World War II.
The point of the story was to illustrate the way the soldiers bonded as a unit and came to depend on each other for their very lives. They relied on and trusted each other so much that they were closer to each other than they were to their biological relatives. They were a true “band of brothers.”
Those kinds of bonds are actually common in military units. We also see this in Christianity in general, and in church life in particular – and for the same reasons. As Christians we share a spiritual bond. We are brothers and sisters in Christ, adopted into the family of God. We share a bond that is deeper and longer lasting (eternal) than even our biological ties to blood relatives.
And we need this. We need those close Christian relationships. We need brothers and sisters who love us, who we trust without question, and who will walk with us through the deepest, darkest, most difficult times of life. This is one of the crucial keys to being an overcomer. Nobody can do this alone. You are not some kind of spiritual Rambo, surviving alone in the wilderness by eating things that would make a Billy Goat puke. You and I need others who will walk with us and help us to face our problems, carrying our burdens with us, and helping us to overcome our challenges.
In the Christian life there are few things more valuable than close Christian friendships. Membership in a good church family is where those friendships are made. If you don’t have those kinds of friendships, and if you don’t have a good church family helping you through life, then you need to visit us at Oak Hill Baptist Church. There you will find a church family that takes care of each other, and you will make the kind of friends who will be a true band of brothers for you. Sunday school is at 9:00, the worship service starts at 10:00. I hope to see you there.