For the next 2 weeks we’re going to be focusing on what it means to belong to the body of Christ in its local gathering at CrossCulture. This is an important thing for us to consider. It’s easy to take each other and the marvel of God’s redeemed people for granted. According to Paul in Ephesians 3:10, it is “through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places”. What an awesome place and privilege God has given the church! In Paul’s day, one of the big marvels was that people who previously had nothing to do with each other, even despised each other, were now together in the one body, glorifying the one God and Saviour. This is a vivid testimony to the marvellous grace of God. It’s the same here at CrossCulture. God has brought together lots of people from such diverse backgrounds of culture, nationality, ways of thinking, etc into the one body. It’s a marvellous work of God’s grace and power.
As in the early church, it takes love, forbearance and commitment to preserve and grow this God-given unity. Our passage today exhorts us to “encourage one another all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” The Day when Jesus returns draws nearer, and God wants us to use the time to encourage one another and point people to Jesus.
We encourage everyone who is a regular part of CrossCulture to seriously consider becoming a member. We want everyone who loves the Lord and his people to be as fully involved as possible, fully committed to building each other up and proclaiming Christ to Melbourne and the nations.