“Faithfulness”

This Week’s Meditation:  “Faithfulness”
Read: 2 Peter 1:3-11

Tomorrow (Sept. 15) is Arthur Mennonite Church’s 71st birthday.  AMC was started in 1940 with 57 charter members.  We don’t often celebrate a congregation’s birthday like we do our own birthday’s but maybe we should.  After all, each year that passes is yet another example of God’s faithfulness and the faithfulness of his people.

What 2 Peter 1:3-11 proclaims is that it’s really like a two-way street.  God’s faithfulness flows to us… “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness,” (v.3) and in return we hopefully remain faithful to him…. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and knowledge, self-control, perseverance, ……” (v.5)

This faithfulness of God’s people has been evident the past several years as some of those charter members of AMC have gone on to be with the Lord.  As the church gathers to celebrate their lives we also celebrate the commitment and faith they proclaimed through the years.

In reality, that faith and commitment is what makes Arthur Mennonite Church what it is today; an ongoing proclamation of God’s love, God’s forgiveness, God’s salvation, and yes, God’s faithfulness to us.

Those charter members have seen this church body through the good times and through the difficult times.  They have stood by each other with the hope that the Good News of the Gospel might be proclaimed to the people of Central Illinois and beyond.

Yes, God has been faithful and continues to be faithful.  And as his people my prayer is that we too will continue to be faithful to His call on our lives, both individually and as a church family.  Verses 10 and 11 of this passage end with some encouraging words, it says….

“My friends, you must do all you can to show that God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall. Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you a glorious welcome into his kingdom that will last forever.”  2 Peter 1:10-11 (CEV)

Make it personal:  I think Chuck Neufeld may have some more to share along this theme at this weekends Renewal Weekend meetings.  Plan to come with the anticipation of how the Holy Spirit may speak into your life anew.  May we all be renewed to celebrate many more birthdays at Arthur Mennonite!

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church