- Link Hands
- “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually” (1st Corinthians 12:27).Keen Christians are thin on the ground, and thank God for the ones He sends us to help each other!By linking hands we are stronger: this is Christ’s plan, for we are members of His body.Our small congregation at Wodonga has been facing a financial challenge, as they seek to grow in a large growing city. It is good to report that Numurkah’s Federal Board has joined Benalla’s Federal Board in supporting Wodonga with a solid contribution. There was a real sense of joy in both meetings. Who knows, maybe Wodonga will one day help us – perhaps in some other way. As we help others, the blessings go around.
Likewise, youth fellowships need to link hands. As I write, there is, to my knowledge, among the various churches in the district of Benalla and Euroa only two youth fellowship, ours being one. Within the Presbyterian denomination, across northern Victoria, there are but three youth fellowships: ours, Broadford and Rochester. Just over the border we have Finley youth fellowship.
Please pray that God will bless and strengthen these four to work together. All of us can reach Shepparton within an hour’s drive, and my earnest hope is that these four, in working together, may in time serve for the emergence of more fellowships, under God’s blessing.
Likewise, individual followers of Jesus need to link hands. God creates Christian fellowship so that we all may grow to be happier, more useful, more aware, more loving. Flowers grow better when planted together. When Gippsland’s pioneers began to cut down the giant blue gum trees, the greatest trees on earth, the remaining lonely giants were prey to winds and storms, and sadly toppled. They had only reached their magnificent height growing together.
People say the church is just a man-made institution, and we all know the church is hurt by man-made fights and man-made campaigns; and yet, we can miss the point that the church as the fellowship of true believers is the gift of God, and everyone who believes truly that Jesus Christ is Lord, Judge and Saviour is a walking miracle, plucked from the floods of dark despair. The fellowship and unity of Christians is a work of God.
Satan wants us divided, self-centred, looking only inwards. Link hands in partnership for the gospel!
Yours in the fellowship and service of our Lord,
Ken Martin, Minister