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January 31, 2018, 9:50 AM

From Me to We

Church Family,

I want to be transparent before you this morning. What I am writing about is a major struggle for me. God over the last several months has been leading me to focus on Church Unity. My first thoughts were, “I don’t have any issues with Unity.” My second thoughts were, “any areas of disunity are normal and natural, no big deal.”

Our last email talked about going from I to we, this email is about going from me to we.

God has gifted each believer according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:11-14 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.

You see first, my pride wouldn’t allow me to see any possible areas of disunity. Second, I tried to excuse the reasons behind disunity. Thirdly, I did nothing to address the issues, as if they would all go away naturally. All of these are terrible enemies of the ministry and body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

Are we striving for unity in the Spirit? Are we bold enough to trust the power of the cross to deal with our preferences, favoritism, differences, and flat out sin? Do you see the benefit of cheering on the different gifts in the church or do you long to have people who are like you?

Boldly pray this week for this weekends services. My hope is that God will use our transparence to bring us closer together. Pray that God will do a mighty work among us. The lost will be saved. The saved will strive for holiness and unity.

Reminders:

  1. Feb. 5th is churchwide Visitation. 5:30 food, 6:15 going out
  2. Feb 6th the Baptist Women are meeting at Cynthia’s and the BYW’s are going out.
  3. Feb. 11th is the Valentine’s Banquet at 6pm.
  4. Feb. 11th is the last day to turn in your $25 deposit for the Women of Joy Conference. See Blaire for more details.
  5. The Toronto Fundraiser is tentatively scheduled for March 1st. Please check and see if this will be conflicting with any other fundraisers and let me know. Thank you
  6. Toronto Mission Trippers will meet briefly after the morning service. We need to start working on a head count.
  7. The following are the funeral arrangements for R.C.’s dad. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon, January 31, from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Woodlawn Park Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary of Woodlawn Baptist Church, with Rev. Glenn Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Red Hill Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn

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