I love visiting my hometown. I spent almost two decades of my life there, so I know every landmark and every road. My town is small too, so the people are equally as familiar. Even the smells are the same. I would be smelling burning wood this time of year as many people still heat their homes with wood-stoves. My hometown is familiar to me and it is there I feel like I belong.
Our belonging as Christians is joined together by one unbreakable thread: our hope in Jesus Christ.
When we talk about being family at Reliance Church we have the same feelings as I have as of my hometown. We want you to know that there is a place for you to belong. However, we need to make a distinction. When we talk about belonging, we aren't talking about a hometown or social support system. Our belonging as Christians is joined together by one unbreakable thread: our hope in Jesus Christ. I want our church to contain happy, loving, and holy people, but our belonging will never be because of our membership. No, the truth for us is that our home is still being prepared for us by our Savior. When we place our hope in Jesus, we finally are where we belong.
References: 1 Peter 1:3-4, Romans 8:18, John 14:1-3, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:1-9, John 15:19