Sunday, November 6, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Annunciation to Zechariah - Festival of unity of Communion of churches.

Binu Daniel
St. John’s MTC, New York

Annunciation to Zechariah - Festival of unity of Communion of churches.
Ephesians 4:1-13

Binu Daniel
St. John’s MTC, New York

12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,
Differences separate us and similarities unite us.  No one would argue this, in theory at least.  How then can we explain so many Christian denominations and so many styles of worship and so many different lines of Biblical theology?  What does one make of it all?
                Having grown up in the Mar Thoma church I have been raised and have come to learn and accept our church’s theology through various Bible study and LEAD groups.  Despite my personal beliefs and teachings, I get confused every time I hear and see other churches following the same God, but at times worshiping differently.  Especially when it comes to fundamental doctrines or sacraments done differently, part of me asks how can this be?  While the debate of our differences goes on forever, our similarities is where I find hope.  
                 No church or believer argues that Christ died for our sins, loves us unconditionally, created us, is graceful, etc.  I’ve also found solace in knowing that all Christians are called to serve and spread His good news: the Gospel.  Vs 11 reads “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.      
               Through service we are called to build up the body of Christ.  This is the only way to attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  As the Thanksgiving and Christmas season approaches, it is once again the season of serving and giving to those in need.  My favorite moments have always been where I am alongside by fellow believers, despite their denomination, race, gender, nationality, and we are all serving those less fortunate.  Whether we select a local soup kitchen, serve in neighborhood missions, Northeast Regional Youth Fellowships, Mexico Mission, Operation Christmas Shoe Box, or another service God places on our heart, we need to remember that it is part of the bigger picture of uniting as a church and uniting as children of God.       


Lord, use us today to build up Your kingdom by serving others.  Unite us with others You have chosen for the same purpose.  Amen.

When we put away our differences, we’re united for His kingdom.
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