Pastors Pen
 
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:2
 
 I know this year has been swallowed up by fear, anxiety, despair and tension, both inside the church and outside. However, I am as excited as I have ever been to preach the Gospel. I believe our community and our nation desperately need Jesus. We must, therefore, continue to boldly worship Jesus and bring the Good News of salvation to as many people as we can:  family to family, friend to friend, through in-person worship and online, for there is no greater hope than the hope we have in Christ Jesus!
 
 In the sermon series for both Hebrews and Galatians, we saw the importance of clinging to the Gospel for hope and strength. Hebrews reveals Jesus as the Sovereign One, in control of everything. Hebrews 6:19 reminds us,  “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain.”  Now is the time for us to lay hold of that Anchor which is Jesus. Many in our community, maybe even those closest to us, are wondering where to turn for help, for security.  We have been called for such a time as this to live what we say we believe and share the security we have in Jesus. However, if churches are in chaos, they will be unable to serve to the full capacity God is calling us to. This means we must be unified. Unity does not mean all thinking alike. We must not mimic our culture by letting arguments and disagreements divide us.  This means not devouring one another as the Apostle Paul taught in Galatians 5:15, “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” It is at this crucial time in our history that Christians should lead the way in grace and reconciliation, standing firm in what we believe while loving and respecting those who disagree with us. That is only possible by holding tight to the Anchor of our soul.

Pastor Steve