Beloved Church Family,
The past two months seem to have gone by so quickly. For ourselves as the Lear family we have already felt so much a part of the Springs Baptist Church Community. It has been our great privilege to have come to know many of you in these couple of months. We thank our God for the fellowship of the saints and the encouragement of corporate love amongst those who are being saved. It is our prayer that our fellowship may continue to grow in both quality; as we grow closer to one another, and in quantity; as the Lord would be pleased to add to our number those who would become obedient to the Faith that has once for all been delivered to us in the Scriptures.
The Apostle John writes in 1 John 1:3-4 that the immediate outcome of the proclamation of the Incarnate Word of Life (our Lord Jesus Christ) is fellowship with one another, and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ, Himself. The ultimate result of this is a fullness of joy. Paul urges the Ephesian church to be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. This is done by keeping a close watch on their attitudes and conduct in fellowship with one another. It is Christ that has established this unity and bond of fellowship, but we are to be fervent to continue steadfastly in giving ourselves to maintaining this unity – that the world may know that we are Christ’s disciples by our love for one another (John 13:35).
There are many opportunities to enjoy fellowship with one another throughout the week, and especially on the Lord’s Day in which we are provided the opportunity to give ourselves more freely to one another in worship of our God. Let us utilise these opportunities to gather together and to consider how we may stir one another up, encouraging one another to greater love and good works (Hebrews 10:23-25). Let us make ourselves available to one another as the Body of Christ. Let us personally practice hospitality in having one another in our homes.
I know in my Christian life I need help, and I need accountability with brothers and sisters in the Faith. We have truly been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, and one of those blessings is the fellowship of our local church. Let us give ourselves to one another in love for the One who brings us together from such diverse backgrounds – across cultures, demographics, age groups... – we have been created in Christ Jesus our Lord to be one new man (Ephesians 2:15). Let us walk in the light that we may have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus cleanse us from all sin.
...to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)
Yours in Christ