March 1, 2022 Weekly Newsletter
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THE PASTOR'S PEN
The following writing is a copy of Pastor's notes from Sunday Morning's message.
“LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR”
The command to love our neighbor as ourselves is one of the most basic and well-known commands in Scripture. Nine times we are commanded directly, “love thy neighbour”.
In this instance, we find that a lawyer steps out from among the Pharisees and asks Jesus what the greatest commandment is. The lawyer had hopes of catching Jesus in His words, but the Lord was too clear and precise to be misrepresented. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-40) These two commands are so monumental that Jesus said that everything else in our spiritual life hangs on these commands. “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:40)
Our love for our God will be reflected in our love for each other. “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (I John 4:20) It is impossible to love God while hating those He has put around us.
Do we love our neighbor? How do we treat our neighbor? We cannot say we love our neighbor if we do not show our neighbor acts of love. Jesus demonstrated His love for us through action, and we were not qualified to be His neighbor, yet through His love, we can be joint-heirs in His dwelling and live with Him as His neighbor! If Christ could do this for us, who were so far lower than He, can we not do this with our peers who are equal to one another in status before God?
There is no class system before God! We all ought to be thankful for that. If God gave regard to race we would all be on the outs with God because His chosen people are the Jews. However, I believe that God has created us all equal before Him as men, and He does not prefer some over others.
Therefore, our neighbor is not determined by the color of their skin or the culture with which they live. It is not determined by what part of town they live in or how much money they have. The morals of a person do not determine whether or not they are your neighbor. Keeping this in mind, how shall we love our neighbor?
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.” (Luke 10:30-37)
We find here another instance in which as lawyer came and seeking to justify himself before Christ asked the Lord who his neighbor was. Jesus answered with the story above. If we will show love to our neighbor we need to show kindness to our neighbor. Who is your neighbor? Your neighbor is anyone who is in need of your kindness. Do you love your neighbor?
FORGIVENESS (Leviticus 19:18)
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I [am] the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18)
If we are to love our neighbor, we are not supposed to bear grudge against our neighbor. This means that we must forgive. We have already agreed that neighbors are not dictated by race, therefore forgiveness should not be given or withheld because of race. We cannot show love to our neighbors if we are holding grudges for the sins of the past. “…The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father…” (Ezekiel 18:20) If God does not hold a grudge against the son for the sins of his father then we certainly have no right to do so. We need to forgive. Do you love your neighbor?
EQUALITY (James 2:8-9)
“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.” (James 2:8-9)
To treat someone as less than someone else because of who they are, or where they come from is in God’s eyes a sin, and certainly not an act of loving our neighbor. God created all people equally and he intends that we treat them all with equal respect. In doing this we will be showing the action of love to our neighbor.
We are quick to agree to the need for loving our neighbor but do we often think of what such a command truly requires. This morning I have shared just a portion of what we should do to our neighbor, but if we will begin with these three steps we will do well in showing love to our neighbor as we should.
THIS WEEK'S SUMMARY
The Lord greatly blessed our church this week as we saw a total morning attendance of 144 this past Sunday Morning visitors. We had five adult visitors join us for the services this week with five precious souls trusting Christ as their Saviour through our Soul Winning efforts. We are excited as spring seems to be making its way. Warmer weather will enable us to intensify our soul-winning efforts in our community. The need is so great!
Yesterday we had our Senior Saints outing at Prehistoric Putt and then had lunch at Pepperjax afterward. Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. I want to thank everyone who was able to join us. Several pictures are included below.
ATTENTION - IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR COFFEE WITH PASTOR
Coffee with Pastor was launched on March 22, 2020, as a method of encouragement in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have continued broadcasting this series for almost exactly two years now. In that time we have produced and posted 222 videos to Youtube. We intend to continue producing meaningful videos that will be a blessing to our church folks. In an effort to do this we will be stepping back our broadcast production during the month of March in order to work on some of the background details for future episodes. We will be planning to relaunch weekly broadcasts again in April. Thank you for your patience as we continue working to improve our production.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WEEKLY MEDIA OUTPUT
While the Devil tries to push his agenda through the world's media every day, we are trying to fight back as a church. We are trying to release new media content on a daily basis in an effort to keep Christian's minds on spiritual things seven days a week. We should give our minds to God and think about Him at some point every day! As a church, we are hoping to help our members be able to do so. Here are just a couple of the content matters we offer on a weekly basis.