We have been blessed with the Fruitful Life Preaching series over these past months. Bill has made it easy for us to remember the aspects as they all started with “F”.
To help us remember:
Fear factor; flesh factor; failure factor; fog factor; famine factor; flame factor; fellowship factor; financial factor; food factor; friction factor; future factor, forgiveness factor, fairness factor, fight factor, fill factor; fish factor; fresh factor and finally finish factor!
It is our prayer that we have all experienced growth in our life and our hearts and minds are becoming more fruitful each day for the glory of God. We thank God for giving us this Fruitful series, and the many speakers that shared His Word.
Did you know that ‘finally’ is in the Bible at least 73 times! So as we finish the Fruitful Life Series with the ‘finish factor’ I leave you these words from Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His power.
The previous verses are instructions for how to live and the following verses lead into us putting on the armour of God so that we may stand firm.
However, even in the few words of verse 10 there speaks a lot and are a good reminder of how to begin our days if we are to live out our life fruitfully for our Lord.
So, let us be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Let us put our trust where it needs to be, the one and only true God who loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die in our place. Our God who is so mighty and powerful that He raised Jesus from the dead. We too can have that victory.
Praise God today and forever more!
Dear Heavenly Father, You are the mighty Creator of the universe and Your power is shown throughout all the earth. You hold the world together by the might of Your glorious arm. Nothing is too difficult for You for You alone are my mighty God and heavenly Father. Lord, please help me to rely on your mighty power and strength every day.
Praise and glory to You,
Last week Leighton raised some interesting questions for us to ponder and reflect on. Here is someone’s thoughts on why they go to church….
“In a culture that minimizes commitment and maximizes self-indulgence, I have learned the precious gift of church attendance or, more specifically, the church gathered. I do not see church attendance as a burden or legalistic commitment. I view it as a joy—a place where I can give and serve, a place where I can focus more on others than myself. I could name many but here are ten reasons I attend church:
¨ I attend church to serve others
¨ I attend church to encourage others
¨ I attend church to encourage my pastor
¨ I attend church to state my priorities
¨ I attend church to participate in worship
¨ I attend church even if it doesn’t meet all my needs
¨ I attend church with frequency, not on occasion.
¨ I attend church to set an example for my family.
¨ I attend church because the Bible tells me to do so.
¨ I attend church because I love my church
I love to attend church. I attend church for these reasons and many more. I thank God for my church.”
Do you attend church regularly? What are your reasons? Let us pause and thank God for His church here at Marion Church of Christ.
At our Sunday 10am service, we were delighted to be able to witness Noah go through the waters of Baptism.
Water Baptism is an act of obedience to the commands of Christ. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28-19.20
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is the next step after salvation through repentance and faith and is an important foundation for the Christian life.
Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s burial and resurrection. Our entrance into the water during baptism identifies us with Christ’s death on the cross, His burial in the tomb, and His resurrection from the dead. It shows that you love, trust and have put your hope in Christ.
“Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” Colossians 2:12-14 MSG
If you have any questions or are interested in exploring your faith or baptism further, please either put a note on your Care Card or contact the Church Office during the week, so we can arrange for you to meet with a Pastor.