Be Imitators of Christ
I read the other day that a person is a product of their own environment.
What does that mean here at St Georges? What is our environment?
Are we at the front door looking in or a church that takes in the community?
Most people think that the church is the building, but we know that it is the people. Everyone who I speak to has an idea of what a service should or shouldn't have in it. We bring our own traditions or beliefs with us which are sometimes not healthy. So, who is right? There are many parts of the body that make up the body of Christ, there is not just one way.
In the Thessalonians' reading this week, we see that the church in Thessalonica - the people- are a model church. Not that they have not got problems there, they have and the apostle Paul attends to these later on in the letter.
But they were a model of spiritual vitality, they fit Paul's profile of a healthy church. They have the right ethos, attitudes, and priorities, and these are important. Most of all they have faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love. We need the same conviction as they had back in the day.
We see how we can become model believers, and how we too can be model believers of this today.
'Model believers have received and believed the word of God'.
May we step up to our role with Christ, may we receive, believe and live a life honouring to Him.