Pastor's Corner
   Coming Together, Holding Together


Years ago, someone wrote a great article about Christ’s church.  The point was that a church of Christ is a body of believers.  It is not a building or a sanctuary or a certain program.
     It’s a group of people who believe in one essential: Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.  Buildings come and go, but the church of Jesus Christ perseveres, generation after generation.
     That opened my mind and has stayed with me for years and years.  If a congregation sees the church as merely a building, or a committee, or a program, then ultimately, there will be division in its ranks.
     One group will get mad at the other because of the new paint or carpet color.  Someone will leave the church because it doesn’t offer a program for their favorite cause.  Others will leave because there are no huge TV screens, or a gym, or whatever.  Arguments will arise because the songs are too traditional, too contemporary or too doggone long.
     Stuff.  Too much or not enough.  Stuff… like the man said, it always ends up making us blue.
     Happens over and over again across the world.  And it’s because we forget that our church is the body of Christ; it is made up
of its individual members- people- all of whom bring something unique to the body of Christ.
     We rise and we fall together, in union worshipping Jesus Christ, or divided, worshipping stuff.
     It is written in the book of Amos, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
     That’s pretty simple and to the point.  Nobody takes a long walk with another unless they agree to do so.  And none of us come into this church family unless we agree to do so.
     And we agree to walk together in the Franklin Presbyterian Church family because we want to.  Miraculously, we have been called from near and far by God Himself, to make our way here to do His work.  It’s God Himself that birthed that desire we have to be here worshipping Him.
     What a joy it is!  The worship services, the meals, the concerts, the cantatas, the Vacation Bible School, the breakfasts… have you ever seen such joy in being together?
     And joy indeed… sharing tears, laughter, quips and jokes; sharing Christ stories, family stories and stories of youth.  None would be as exciting but for the fact that it happens here with us; the body of Christ.
     You are so important to the Lord.  In His infinite knowledge, He selected you to be here on this earth and here in this beautiful little church and the end of the lane…
     You.  To worship and be His church… His body.  Our unity; our coming together in unity, loving and supporting one another in worship of Him, is so important to Christ, and indeed, to His world.
     Remember that always.  And Remember Jesus’ prayer for you at the very end of His life on earth.  I’ll close with His words:
     “I pray… for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. The glory which thou hast given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and thou in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that thou hast sent me and hast loved them even as thou hast loved me. Father, I desire that they also … may be with me where I am, to behold my glory which thou hast given me in thy love for me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world has not known thee, but I have known thee; and these know that thou hast sent me. I made known to them thy name, and I will make it known, that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
     Indeed, my friends, we are one… in Christ.
                                                                                                                                           Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                                                               Pastor John