The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

01/26/2010

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More Than A Place To Belong


"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. And he made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times have reached their fulfillment----to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ" (Eph. 1: 7-10).

The church is a place where we need and are needed. It is a place to work, be accepted and belong. But...."That's not all!!! There's more!!! If it were only about having a need to belong, we could join a club or organization. We could do volunteer work at a hospital or charitable organization.(we could do this too)...Today's verses tell us of other needs that must be filled. Bigger needs as we strive for a relationship with God. There is only one thing that stands in the way of that relationship....SIN! God has provided to us an antidote for sin. It works better than any antibiotic that we have ever taken. "In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins." Paul goes on to talk of the riches of God's grace that He "lavished on us."

The church meets this important need for us. Sin is the only thing that can keep us from God, and Christ's sacrifice has overcome this obstacle standing in our way. Through the Word, he has "made known to us the mystery of his will." That mystery is the wonderful grace that falls over us when we come to Jesus. It is clear to me that the last part of today's verse, "to bring everything in heaven and earth together under one head, even Christ," refers to the church. Through the church the good news of this redemption is shared with the world. Through Christ and His church, we have a connection to God as members of His family. The heaven part is the crowning touch as we will be reunited with God and our family and be with Him forever.

What wonderful and bold statements today's verses are. Much better than "the last one you will ever have to buy," or a money back guarantee. Not only do we get a chance to belong and be needed, but we get redemption too. It sounds almost too good to be true, and do you know what??? IT IS!! It is a promise that we can be absolutely sure of. God's Word makes these guarantees.

Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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