by Pastor Peter Kim
We had a great month at FPC this past November, especially because we welcomed 10 new members into our church. We are so thankful to the Lord for all that He is doing in our church and we look forward to growing together as a community to point each other to Christ and to point others outside of the church to Christ.
Our church in the past had a reputation of being a very friendly church (from what I have heard from long-time members), and we have tried through many years to live up to that name. However, as the church grows it becomes easier to lose that friendliness. It is not as easy to get to know so many people. Cliques can form. It is easier to get to know everyone when there are 20 people. But what if there are 200 people? That is why we are hoping to encourage more of a community feel within our church. We have started by including a time to share prayer requests with one another during the service, and, as always, we encourage people to join one of our community groups. In these ways, our church will become more and more friendly.
I believe one more step is needed, though. I believe that we can all contribute to becoming a friendlier church by seeking to love one another as Christ has loved us. We can do this by having a conversation with someone you do not really know, by asking for prayer requests, and even just by greeting people you have not met. I am reminded of a verse from 1st Peter:
1st Peter 4:8-11 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies--in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
I hope and pray that all of us together will love one another all for His glory and, in doing so, that we would really become a church that is friendly no matter how large we become. Not by our own strength, but according to what God has supplied.