The Proclaimer for March 29, 2015 has been posted.
I want to give a big ‘shout out’ for the GCOC youth. During the last two youth retreats at the Southward land, the students went to the Glen Rose food bank and helped check dates on the cans, shelved the cans, and made up boxes for the clients. Then a week ago, Stockton and Aurora Berryman spent a Saturday working with Michael Grayson to move everything to the new food bank building. Great job, group! It’s a comforting feeling to see who will be leading us in the future. We are in good hands!
The month of April will bring us into the second quarter of the Living Our Mission devotional calendar and into the second component of the GCOC mission statement – Pursuing Unity. Unity is one of those elusive qualities that we are always striving for, but can never completely or perfectly achieve. There is always room for improvement.
Even though attaining unity is a challenging and lofty goal, it is a quality the Lord desires to see in His church. Unity of God’s people is a common theme threaded throughout the New Testament. God expects us to be one – with Him and with one another.
Therefore, since God longs for our unity, we need to know what it is. What does true unity look like? We can find the answer to that question in the pages of God’s Word – the very Word that we have focused on honoring the past three months. In the Living Our Mission calendar readings in April, we will discover God’s definition of oneness through His Descriptions of Unity. He uses insightful words, vivid imagery, and comparative analogies to give us a clear picture of the unity He expects to see among us. My prayer is that through this study, we will gain a better understanding of what unity really is and come closer than ever before to being unified as one in Christ Jesus.