Sam Bynum, Pastor
Welcome from our Pastor
Sam Bynum, Pastor
Our New Theme for 2014
Together Everyone Accomplishes More
This is our new theme for 2014. I am so thankful for a church that seeks to do the will of God from the heart and has a desire to do it together. There are so many times that we have seen the Lord work in our midst and together amazing things have been accomplished. Sometimes we have been challenged to do more than we think we can do, to find out that the strength of the Lord has helped us to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. Where would we be without the power of God working in us? I am saying that this year we need to rely on God’s power instead of our power. We need to see what God can do instead of always trying to prove what we can do. We need to make every effort this year to allow the life of Christ to be made manifest in our lives. Together we need to make one thing clear that Jesus is our Lord and Master and that we love Him and serve Him with our whole hearts.
Recently I preached a message on being submissive to one another in the fear of God. Ephesians 5:21. Talking about the word “Submission”, Paul means that we should take this “under rank” attitude of the military and apply it to our everyday dealing with each other. When a man or woman joins the military, the first thing they do is strip away their individuality.
He or she is now the member of a company or a battalion. He or she is no longer an individual. When you join the army, you essentially sign away your right to decide what you want to do with your life and your time. An army is filled with individuals, but they can never be individualistic. I am told that this is the first thing that a man or woman is broken of when he or she joins the army. In other words the Apostle Paul was teaching this church in Ephesus that they must never be insistent about what they want or about what they think as to disturb the unity of the Church. We must in all such matters give way to each other, and let the love of Christ rule in our lives.”
Submitting to one another implies the following, and this is all in line with the idea of being a “team player”:
- The Christian must not be thoughtless, but think of others.
- The Christian must not be individualistic, We must not be self-assertive.
- The Christian must never be self-seeking.
- We must have a “team attitude.”
- We must be happy when someone else succeeds or does well.
- We must bear our own discomforts and trials with courage.
And most importantly we must do it all in the fear of God: The words in the fear of God describe what should be our motive for submitting to one another. We should submit to one another or see ourselves no longer in an individualistic way, but as a unit, as a company or a team – out of respect for God the Father and out of respect for Jesus Christ.
If we respect Jesus, we then should submit to one another because we love Jesus. It is a fear of disappointing Jesus, a fear of grieving Him that we should have in our hearts. When we really respect someone, we care about pleasing him or her, and we are afraid to disappoint them.
Let this theme be our guide this year in 2014. by: Bro. Sam