|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Character and integrity”
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: “We need a band of brothers and sisters”
The term “A band of brothers” has been around a long time and has been used in many contexts. It has been the subject of books, movies, plays, and stories. It has been used in fiction, myth, legend, and real life. The term refers to a group of people who are dedicated and loyal to each other, despite the difficulties and dangers they face. It is most often used with respect to military combat units, but it applies just as well to groups of all kinds.
A church family can be considered to be a band of brothers and sisters. A good church family is essential to living the Christian life well, and godly men and women of character and integrity know this to be true. This world is not our home – we’re simply passing through on our way to our real home in heaven, but the journey is long and difficult and often dangerous. So, God has given us brothers and sisters to make the journey with us. We are to do this together. Our church family is a band of brothers and sisters and we do look out for each other, we care for each other, and, when necessary, we carry each other.
This is the concept Solomon was using in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (above). Companions are essential. Pity the fool who tries to live this life alone. We need others who have our back and who will be there to lift us up when we fall, comfort us when we’re down, and help us when we are weak.
This Sunday (September 18th) at Oak Hill Baptist Church we will celebrate our annual Homecoming Day. Summer is over, vacations are done, school has started, and the new church year has begun. Now it’s time to gather the church family, round up those who have strayed, invite friends, and enjoy a special day celebrating the band of brothers and sisters which God has formed in this church. There will be special music from the Perryman Sisters; a Homecoming message from Reverend Kirk Casey, the Director of Missions for the Cumberland Plateau Baptist Association; and there will be a catered lunch, along with fun and games afterwards.
It all starts at 9:00 with Sunday school, followed at 10:00 with the Homecoming celebration. Lunch will be served around 11:30. If you are anywhere near Cumberland County, Tennessee please join us. Or, if not, then join us live online on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page, or on the church website at oakhillbaptist.net.
Christian companionship is an essential element for living the Christian life well. Men and women of character and integrity know this. We need a good band of brothers and sisters.
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