“But I will send you the Advocate--the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.” -John 15:26
We are Privileged the be Children of God (John 15:15, 2 Cor. 6:18). We give/serve/gather, not because we have to be because we get to! Regardless of our situation, those who follow Christ have received many gifts from God and those gifts enable us to not only live authentically but to experience joy in all circumstances. This truth can encourage us when things looks bleek, but more importantly it has the power to transform our lives. With these blessings fresh in our minds this week we shift our focus to the temple of God. In the Old Testament the temple of was were the people could go to pray, to sacrifice, and to enter in to God’s presence. Today, those things still happen at the temple. However, God’s temple isn’t made of brick, mortar, and precious stones any more. It is built in the hearts of His followers (1 Cor. 3:16) and God’s presence comes through the indwelling of his very own Spirit, the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:11-12). God’s temple as described in the Old Testament was a holy place and His temple today is no different. That holiness can shine through every word, every action, and every moment of our lives if we let it. Paul says “…consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Rom. 8:18) Followers are Christ, are you ready to follow His Spirit in to that glory? -Devin & Sarah Q’berry
Football season is upon us which means that many of you have lost at least 4 hours from your weekends until the end of the year. During your time watching these games (even if you are forced to...out of love for your family members), take a moment to look on the sideline at the players not on the field. Once you get over how many there are, look at what they are doing. Some may be stretching and warming up. Others are having a conversation with one another. However, the vast majority are standing watching their teammates on the field play the game, waiting for the signal to go on the field themselves, or discussing strategy with a coach. Each one is focused on some level on the common goal, winning the game. When I think about community in the church, I think of a similar picture. We are not all on the field playing the game, but we are all a part of it. We are not all doing the same thing, but each of us are contributing towards a common goal. We are together, literally, but also in our mindset. Pastor Anthony spoke of this idea of community from Acts 2:42-48 this Sunday. Community is how we strive towards that our common goal, being Christlike. It’s how we cheer each other on as we succeed and fail. We call that spiritual growth. And finally, it’s how we are built up into the body of Christ that will inhabit the new earth (heaven)!