Our pastoral intern Brother Clyde took the Sunday School yesterday and taught on the subject of “Regenerate Church Membership.” Many churches need to hear this. There is a Biblical basis for church membership and there is Biblical support for a regenerate church membership, that is, a well-defined body of believers.
Pastor Mike preached on the “Expected Conduct of God’s Children” from 1 Pet 1:17-19 in the AM service. That expected conduct is godly fear. Fear which is not dread but fear which reverences. This especially because the Father is also an impartial judge. The grand motive–we were ransomed not by perishable silver or gold but by the precious blood of Christ.
After the preaching, we were witnesses to the baptism of Simon, the son of our deacon and a college student in a university where radicalism and atheism abound. Thank God for His work in this young man’s heart. According to his verbal testimony before the baptism, the Lord’s grace humbled him in his pride and showed him that his only hope for salvation was none other than Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Supper meditation of Pas. Steve was on spiritual unity. True unity is spiritual unity, a unity based on grace and truth. The more we grow in grace and truth, the more united our church will be. There are so many things that can disunite a church, including the upcoming elections, but thanks be to God that He has preserved us from division. We love because God first loved us.
After the Lord’s Supper, there were mixed emotions as we rejoiced in welcoming three new members, Simon, and Jess and Mel Salazar, old-timers who have made MCBC their home after attending and being members in a few churches in the city. They were faithful attenders for one year before casting their lot at MCBC to become full-fledged members.
On the other hand, our hearts were heavy at the upcoming departure of a couple and their children whom we love dearly, Jojo and Dinah. Jojo is a covenanting member. He has been with MCBC ever since its first worship service in 1985. He met Dinah providentially in a funeral service that was held for the husband of one of our regular attenders. JD and Jaja are their school-age children. The family is relocating shortly to Canada.
May the new additions be a blessing to the old and may the old be an encouragement to the new. And for the family who is leaving, may the Lord keep them as they seek a new home in a faraway place. We will surely miss them!