Thank God for the local church

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Thank God for my local church family.

After what seemed like forever I got to attend my local church on Sabbath. Work commitments often take me away from home and naturally I look forward to returning. I also look forward to attending my local church. This is a great time to stop, slow down and reconnect before serving again. 

As usual our pastor presented a thought-provoking, balanced, Bible-based, Christ-centred message. As Christians we are so blessed to have God’s Word readily available. The Bible is so relevant and gives us so much insight and perspective.

As a minister myself there are times I simply love to turn up at church, sit up the back, worship, sing, pray, fellowship with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. It was great to catch up with members in the foyer.

Later our home was filled with young people. It’s always great to share a meal together and catch up. Between the main meal and dessert we debriefed the message together. All appreciated the fact that our church was willing to delve into areas they are challenged with. Each one got to reflect and even ask questions. We agreed the Bible should always be our source of truth and when dealing with folk who perceive Christianity negatively that we are to engage in a Christlike manner. 

It was also a great time to catch up on how each young person was going with their life journey. As parents and adults we have the blessing of walking alongside and supporting these dear young people. They were then dispatched to the kitchen to clean up.

During closing Sabbath all thanked God for something and reflected on a good life lesson learnt during the blessed Sabbath hours. It will be a while until I catch up with my church family again but my cup is full. The apostle counselled, “We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day getting closer” (Hebrews 10:25, ERV).

Mike Sikuri is the South Pacific Division secretary.

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