I cannot say enough about our first ever potluck luncheon in the new fellowship hall last Sunday. I continue to hear people sing the praises of the building, of the crowd we had last week on Friend Day and especially the food that we enjoyed. How wonderful it was to have the entire family at Jersey Village sit down and eat together! Such fellowship is really at the heart of what makes the Lord’s church so important. To be together with God’s people is such an enormous privilege!
Another such opportunity happens this Sunday. The second Sunday of every month is “Life Teams” Sunday. Life Teams is our small group ministry that is patterned after the first church as recorded in Acts 2:42-47. The idea is to follow their example and meet in one another’s homes, to study the Word of God together, to pray together, to fellowship together and to essentially share our lives together. If you haven’t noticed…‘together’ is the operative word! The first Christians in Acts 2 underwent enormous scrutiny and persecution and they found the strength to cope with the challenges of being aliens and strangers in the world by being together.
Of course, nothing has changed with regards to the world’s view of God’s people today. We are still scrutinized and we are still persecuted. The temptations to leave the wisdom of God and embrace the wisdom of the world is still just as strong today as it was at the first Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus. It is every bit as important today as it was in the 1st Century for Christians to stay connected to one another for strength, encouragement and support. Life Teams is one of many ways for us to grow closer to God and develop deeper relationships with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Another great way to be together with fellow Christians is by attending Bible class. Last Sunday we started a brand new quarter of classes that offer great teachers and great subjects that will help all of us grow in our knowledge of the Word of God. Bible classes also offer the opportunity of relationship growing. Smaller, more intimate settings are conducive to getting to know one another more and to finding commonality with other Christians. If you aren’t attending Bible class on Sunday morning and Wednesday night then you are missing great opportunities to grow spiritually and emotionally.
There are many other opportunities for growth and fellowship coming in the near future. March 13 and 14 is the Men’s Retreat at the building, where all men of the congregation are encouraged to come for Bible study, food and fellowship. LTC is the first weekend of April at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This offers a chance for us all to go and support our young people in their various competitions. Later in April will be our annual church picnic (April 18) which is always one of the highlights of our year (even despite the humiliation of last year’s blow up obstacle courses!). And, though it is hard to believe, VBS plans are already being made, the Wednesday night Summer Series with visiting preachers is set and it won’t be long until the building is full of future preachers for their week long camp.
I mention all of this because last week reminded me of just how blessed we are. We are not just some folks in Northwest Houston who find ourselves with nothing else to do on Sunday morning than to go to worship. Instead we are “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9,10 NKJV).
We are the “people of God”, God’s children (1 John 3:1), heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). We are the family of God in Jersey Village and how blessed we are to have the opportunity to be together, to share our lives with each other so that we may all help one another as we sojourn through this world on our way to our eternal home in heaven!