Last weekend I was invited to speak at Elim Christian Centre in Blenheim for Ps Tom and Suzanne Hatch. At the services we were welcomed by the church and I even managed to spot a few familiar faces in the crowd. Even though this was our first time speaking at the church it felt very much like home and the people there I felt like I knew well. In many ways this is a testament to the desire for greater unity in the movement by our National Leaders. They are really working hard at defining what makes Elim unique and then they are communicating this throughout the nation. The ultimate goal is that anyone can travel anywhere in the country and find an Elim church and feel like they have come home. What a great vision to be a part of.
Really this speaks of being part of a family. As with all families, there are good days and there are bad days. There are times you will never forget and there are moments you wish you could forget. There are those in your family you get along with really well and then there are those you wish you could avoid. But at the end of the day they are still family and family is family. When there is a need you’ll be there and they’ll be there for you. That’s just what families do.
The concept of church being a family allows us to cross boundaries, to get personal with each other beyond the polite Sunday greetings into the realms of intimacy and vulnerability. When we understand that spiritually we are brothers and sisters in Christ (a term that seems to have become less fashionable in church these days) we begin to see things and people in a whole different light. People are no longer a means to an end and church is no longer a task to be endured. But we begin to realize that we are connected in Christ and are called to care for each other. It was Jesus’ blood spilt on a Cross that binds us together, that makes us a family and as the old saying goes…Blood is thicker than water.
I really love our family here at Elim Church – Christchurch City. Thank you for being a part of it!!
Blessings Nu and Taua.