It is a great comfort for us to realise that God is loving, and that His ear is never deaf to the call of His children.
Spending time and fellowship with the congregation has been of great encouragement. Integration and fellowship among the saints here is one of the many important tasks that await the CTI students, and let’s face it, it should be the task for every Christian. I really fear that we can so often squander the minutes and the time that we have each Lord’s Day. The same old excuses and the same old events pop up. After the sermon we can so easily drift over to the same group of people and talk about the same old topics week after week. It is funny how simple things can be so difficult. Is it really too difficult to drift over to that certain someone in the church that we really feel we don’t have a lot in common with?
John 13vs 34-35: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
How about the age difference? The Apostle Paul tells us that the Church consists of people in all stages of life. Young and old come together in the assembly to worship God. I can safely say that some of the most encouraging words that I have ever received in my Christian life have been from saints that are more advanced in years. Too often in churches and fellowships the youth groups are totally disconnected from the older members. Psalm 133 clearly states that it is in unity that we should dwell.
I am glad to say that in the Airdrie congregation the after service fellowship is varied, and the younger members mingle with the older. However we all have a responsibility to reach across the aisle and talk to those brothers and sisters who are so often left out. Let us have open arms to the visitor to the church and a warm embrace to those whom Christ has purchased with His blood.