Hello friends and family and welcome to Week 3 (Part 1) of CoMission’s blog! As I mentioned last week, I’d intended going into this series with three parts spanning three consecutive days. However, due to some time constraints and after reorganizing the plan, I decided to reduce the series to two parts and am super excited to share these with y’all.
The sermon at Gulf Coast Community Church on Sunday, August 16, was about the church body, which just so happens to connect with my topic for this week: CoMission’s value for unity with the local church. Call it coincidence or whatever, but I believe it was the Lord’s way of helping me prepare for this blog post.
Pastor Peter presented seven key points in his sermon, referencing Acts 2:40-47, about the characteristics a biblical church should have. The fourth and fifth points especially seemed to hit home for why CoMission values unity with the local church body. The fourth point in the sermon, titled “The Church is Communal (Not Individualistic)” emphasized the importance of community and how it is NOT an optional extra. In fact, Peter made the blunt and honest yet loving statement that just attending church once or twice a month is NOT ENOUGH. People within the church body need to be constantly spending time with each other outside of the physical building. The necessity of this is for the sake of holding each other accountable in our walk with Christ, as well as being able to support and care for each other when the trials of life strike. Personal life-on-life relationships between fellow believers is literally required of those within the church body to maintain a healthy status.
Something that I personally found encouraging in this point was the scripture reference, verse 44 of Acts 2. “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common...” I seriously doubt this is talking about hobbies, leisure activities and personalities. Because trust me, if that was the case, I probably wouldn’t be hanging around my fellow staff members. I wouldn’t even be employed with CoMission! If anything, most of our personalities clash and some of them even get under my skin at times. What we as believers should all have in common is the desire to build each other up in Christ.
I serve with CoMission full-time as the Executive Assistant. My role includes everything from bookkeeping to proofreading and now keeping this blog so you, our family of missionary servants, can stay updated on our latest happenings. Love y'all and hope y'all find this blog informative and encouraging.