Recently we discussed our vision for the Limassol Church of Christ by the year 2020. And here it is - 4 Cities, 4 Churches!
We recently looked at Hosea and his love for his wife Gomer despite her continued sin.
Marriage is a sacred institution and when we are young we all dream of fairytale weddings, and of course living happily ever after.
Christ himself of course has a bride. Wait, I thought Christ was unmarried?? Who is it?
In Ephesians 5:25-27 we read Christ loved the church so much as his wife he was willing to sacrifice himself for her, as he did upon the cross. What were the waters of cleansing mentioned? Baptism of course. But importantly this washing was through the word, meaning it requires OBEDIENCE to God's commands. Christ after all wants to present the church as perfect.
In 2 Corinthians 11:2 Paul also eagerly desires to present the church as pure. This is the ernest desire of any minister or leader.
Yet Ephesians 5:24 makes it clear we are to submit to Christ, not to people! We are responsible to each other, and to call each other higher.
We should also realise the wedding has not yet happened. In Revelations 19:7-9 we read it will be in the future! What a great occasion it will be. Imagine being there. What a party!
But the church must be kept pure. A white dress should mean a white dress!
Fresh from the printers we are excited to announce our first ever publication, "Become", on how to become a follower of Jesus. Why not come along to church to get a copy??
Told in 6 parts, this is a contemporary telling of the story of Hosea and how he loved his wive Gomer, even though she was an adulteress and continued in her adultery. Hosea continually forgave her, just as God forgave Israel continually, and more importantly He continually forgives us today! Amazing forgiveness!