Therefore we also,
we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that
is set before us . . .
I am so thankful that so many of you learned, from January through March, three of the
most important verses in the New Testament when it comes to the life of Christ's church, a "Life Together" as a
covenant family, not as a commercial, social or special interest group.
Let us hold fast the
confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful.
And let us
consider one another,
in order to stir up love and good works,
the assembling of ourselves together,
as is the manner of some,
and so much the more,
as you see the day approaching.
We are Christ's family, and we are made such by the confession of our hope, children of God born, "not of natural
descent, nor of human decision, or a husband's will, but born of God" (John 1:13).
I encourage you to gather
as a family to read and study the Bible on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Many are lonely and isolated in our society,
and even in the Christian community. It behooves us to avail ourselves not only of Sunday morning worship, but also
Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday evening services at 6:00 p.m.
If we will not take care
to . . . assemble ourselves together when we have ample opportunity to do so, if we do not use the means of grace as appointed
by God . . .
. . . .in public worship on the Sabbath Day (Luke
4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath
day, and stood up to read.),
. . . in corporate prayer (Act
1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and
with His brothers),
. . . in intentional Bible study together (Acts
17:11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily
to find out whether these things were so.)
. . . why should we wonder if we are not growing, or not happy, or do not feel "connected".
Here are the appointed means of connection: use them!
On another subject, there are occasional times of gathering
which you may or may not find to be a blessing in your life, but I can assure you, these are times that God has used to bless
others ! Whole families have come into our congregation through something as simple as a game night . . . Back
in spring of 2010, God used a game night brought a brother to us, a brother who is now introducing many of his family
to us here at RRPC. This one coming up is on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm. Bring some games along, and if you like,
bring a simple snack to share . . . and bring the love of Christ with you.