The elders have begun a process to identify additional elders to serve the Granbury Church of Christ. We have been considering the men of the congregation, discussing their qualities and dedication to the Lord’s church, and praying about which ones could and should participate in leading this congregation. We are now in the process of talking to men who we believe are already serving this body and are qualified to serve as elders. It is our hope and prayer that several will desire this good work.
After meeting and praying with these men, we will introduce those who are willing to serve as elders for a period of evaluation by the congregation during June. We look forward to the process ending with an ordination service for the new elders in July.
Please be in prayer for these men being considered, for the current elders, and for this church, that in everything we will glorify the Lord. If you have any questions, please discuss them with any elder.
For the Elders
2nd Quarter Theme – Pursuing Unity
Why is the unity of His church so important to God? One of the reasons is evident in the words of Jesus found in Luke 11 when He says that any kingdom or house divided against itself will fall. He goes on to say that when a fully armed strong man is attacked by someone stronger, he is overpowered and the armor in which he trusted is taken away. The reality is that we are only as strong as the bond of our unity.
In his commentary regarding the spiritual armor of God in Ephesians 6, Warren Wiersbe gives a fascinating description of the shields used by the armies of that time. They were large and oblong, made of wood, and covered with leather. The edges were constructed to interlock with other shields like the pieces of a puzzle to form a long, solid wall of protection against the approaching enemy. As a result, there were no openings or gaps for flaming arrows to shoot through, but instead they would hit the shield, the flaming tip extinguished as it penetrated the leather and embedded in the wood. The army would remain standing because of the strong connection of their shields.
In the same way, as we interlock our shields of faith with those of our fellow Christians in the church, we will form a solid, united front against the evil one of this world. If we decide we don’t need to connect with the church and choose to fight the battle alone, we will soon find ourselves outflanked, surrounded and overwhelmed by the enemy. We need each other to stand firm against the enemy’s attack.
The Living Our Mission calendar readings this month will show us what we must resolve to do or not do Together as a Church in order to bond with one another and form a unified wall of protection against Satan and his evil forces. As we commit to these things and make that connection, may this become the battle cry we live by: “United we stand; divided we fall!”
All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals, and to prayer. Acts 2:42
As we have seen through the Living Our Mission calendar readings the last two months, unity is a primary attribute God expects to see in His church. But this doesn’t happen by accident; it will only happen through very purposed and intentional effort on our part.
As a way to enhance our unity at GCOC, one of our new members, Tammy Asbill, has volunteered to organize a fellowship component to go along with our Wednesday Summer Series this year that she has entitled, “Sweet Fellowship.” Following our assembly in the Worship Center on Wednesday nights this summer, we will be dismissed to the Fellowship Center for a time of refreshments and fellowship. It’s easy to become disconnected from one another during the busy summer season, so this weekly time of fellowship will foster unity and help us stay in touch with each other.
The Wednesday Summer Series will begin on June 10, but since Vacation Bible School is also that week, Sweet Fellowship will be postponed until the following week on June 17. Tammy will be visiting the Sunday adult Bible classes soon to ask for volunteers to help provide the food for each week. With everyone working together, no one should have to help more than once or twice. Let’s all pitch in to do our part to make Sweet Fellowship a success and unity a reality at GCOC!