Greetings Oak Hill,
The final week of April is upon us and as we close another month of living in this new normal, I hope that each of us can reflect on just some of the many ways that we saw the Lord work, move, and show His faithfulness to us even amid some challenging and uncertain times. As Drew shared with us from this past Sunday as we wrapped up our sermon series looking at the unchanging character and nature of God, Jesus is our Rock that provides an unshakable and sure foundation for us to place our lives. It is this and only His foundation that keeps us steady and assured as so much of our lives have been shifted in these unprecedented times. We can have confidence, faith, and trust that this Rock will be unmoved in giving us what we need to grow and strengthen our faith in His grace and truth.
It is in this idea of growing and strengthening our faith that we move into looking at the book of Colossians for the month of May. Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul to a group of believers who were needing the assurance and reminders of the trust they can have in the truth of the Gospel. It alone has the power to save and the ability to give true life. Even though we are bombarded with lots of messages that are in conflict with the message of Scripture, we can be “rooted and established” in what we have been taught and know to be true as believers in Christ.
In Colossians 2, Paul writes: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” This is our hope and prayer too in these times: that we would find ourselves clinging and sinking our roots into the one true source that supplies and offers all we could ever need for life, that we would grow and be strengthened in our faith, and that we would overflow in thankfulness to the Lord for what He has done and continues to do in our lives.
Connecting Lives in Grace and Truth
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Pastor Ben and the Oak Hill Elder Board