We are united in Christ

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Great thoughts from great Christians”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “We are united in Christ”
 
Have you ever stopped to consider how much division and hate there is between people-groups in the world? In the Mideast Muslims hate Jews. In Ireland Catholics fight Protestants. In America Democrats despise Republicans (and visa-versa). There is tremendous conflict between people based on ethnic differences, religious preferences, geographic boundaries, sports team loyalties, and an endless list of other things. I read a story once about two high school students who beat-up another student because he was wearing the wrong brand of shoes. It’s as if we humans look for reasons to be in conflict with each other because of perceived differences between us.
 
But that should not be the case among Christians. As Paul taught in Galatians 3:28 (above), we are all one in Christ Jesus. When we come to faith in Christ and join the family of God all the artificial manmade distinctions that separate us fall away, and now the only thing that matters is that we are brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what Jesus was teaching in Matthew 12:48-50 where we read, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
 
The great pastor and author A.W. Tozer once wrote that, “The people of the Lord are a people apart, belonging to each other in a sense in which they don’t belong to anyone else.” What he meant was that the spiritual tie that binds us together as Christians is stronger and runs deeper than even the biological ties that bind us to our mortal families. This is true because the biological bond ends at death but the spiritual bond lasts for eternity.
 
This Sunday (September 26, 2021) at Oak Hill Baptist Church we will celebrate our annual “Homecoming Day”. This is the day each year at the beginning of the new church year when we gather our church family and friends together for a special day of worship, feasting, and fun. We will meet for Sunday school at 9:00; there will be a special Homecoming worship celebration at 10:00; followed by a catered banquet and an afternoon of fun and games. If you’re anywhere close to Cumberland County, TN we invite you to join us in-person. If you’re not geographically close, then join us online live on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page beginning at 10:00, or on our website at www.oakhillbaptist.net.
 
As Christians we share a bond in Christ that runs deep and which lasts forever. Join us as we celebrate our unity in Christ.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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