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Thankfulness for the Local Church

by on November 19, 2021

Key Scripture: Romans 12:4-5 “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

As the holidays draw near, we look forward to the time set aside to be with family. Words like “gather,” “gratitude,” and “celebrate” are printed on our décor and frequent on our lips. Families get together to care for one another, to laugh, and to catch up, for we have much to celebrate.

So too, it is with our church family. When we gather corporately, we celebrate who God is and what He has done – both eternally and within our lives personally. Individuals and families gather from all walks of life, unified in Christ and around the teaching of God’s Word. Church family is a gift to each of us who call the Creek “home.” God has graciously brought us together in Christ as adopted family, joint-heirs, and co- laborers in His kingdom. We are gifted by the Spirit and conformed to the image of Christ as we love, serve, and disciple one another so that we may bring God glory and present other’s mature in Christ (Col. 1:12, 27-29; 1 Cor. 12:12-14).

Thank you, church family, for using your spiritual gifting for God’s glory and one another’s good. Thank you to those who serve publicly and behind the scenes, near and far, young and old, in English and in other languages, on weekdays and weekends.

Thank you, dear local church, for showing your love for God by loving others at Richland Creek and around the world. As Matthew 5:16 says, “May our light shine before men so they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven.”

Questions to Consider:

Which Creeker will I build up this week by giving a word of encouragement? How may I help bear their burdens?

Prayer Prompts:

  • Father, thank you that in Christ we are one spiritual family (Ephesians 1:3-6).

  • Thank you that each Christian at the Creek has been gifted to serve for our mutual growth. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Use ministry to conform us into the image of Christ.

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