|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Steadfast and immovable”
Our Bible verse for today: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We need to be together”
I love the picture of the early church which Luke paints in Acts 2:42, they were together every chance they had because they knew they needed to be. They lived in a tough world. Life was hard for many reasons and church was their refuge from the storm, it was their safe harbor and their place of renewal. Their times together were spiritually rich, nurturing, and refreshing, and they needed it.
The same is true for Christians today. It’s a tough world out there and we need our times together. That’s why in Hebrews 10:24-25 the writer tells us that we are not to neglect our times of gathering together. Although that’s true all the time, it’s especially true when Christians are living in the midst of unholy chaos, like our society has become. In such times it’s even more important for us to come together on a regular basis – weekly at least, and other times throughout the week if possible.
When we’re together we strengthen each other, we encourage one another, and we minister to each other. This is why in Proverbs 27:17 Solomon tells us that “Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens another.” And it’s why, in Psalm 122:1 King David declared, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” David looked forward to his time with other believers with eagerness and anticipation – and so should we.
But since all of this is true, it’s also true that one of Satan’s most effective tactics is to isolate believers from each other. We’re stronger together and weaker alone, and therefore, Satan will always work to keep us from gathering with other Christians. He will help us come up with a dozen reasons to skip church, and every one of them will seem convincing and logical to us (in our human reasoning). I encourage you to not allow him to do that to you. You are weaker when you are alone and you are stronger when you are with other Christians. There’s strength in numbers.
This Sunday is Easter. Typically, this is the high attendance day of the year for most churches. That being true, it’s also the best opportunity we have each year to draw people to the church. At Oak Hill Baptist we will have an Easter morning brunch beginning at 9:00, along with an Easter egg hunt for the children. Our resurrection celebration service will begin at 10:00. We will also be livestreaming on our Facebook page.
We invite you to join us! And please be sure to invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to join us too. There is strength in numbers and we need to be together.
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