Dear Church Family,

Lord willing, this coming Sunday morning we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper and will again be reminded of the shed blood of Christ and the promise of His return. We truly commune with God as we partake of this family meal together. To be a member of the family of God is a wonderful blessing. Attached to this blessing is the covenant or agreement to live as a son or daughter of the King. In other words, being a member of the family of God is also very weighty because we are called to reflect our Father and Savior.

As God’s children, we are called to be holy because He is holy (1 Peter 1:13-16). This is not something any of us have attained in and of ourselves, but it is something all Christians are commanded to pursue (Hebrews 12:14). God’s people will inevitably sin, but as those who have been freed from the bondage of sin, we are forbidden from making a practice of sinning (1 John 1:8; 3:4-10). To say it another way, Christians must always be repenting sinners. Living this way is a reminder to us of the Gospel that saves us by faith in Christ. We are not without sin and therefore we are not the Savior. However, the sinless Savior does enable and command us to treasure Him above all else—including our sin.

But what about when someone who claims to be a Christian refuses to let go of his or her sin? How should the other members of his or her local church respond to this member in trouble? There are many suggested answers to these questions and those related to them, but what does the Bible have to say about these issues? What do you think? How would you answer these questions using only the Word of God?

This will be our topic of teaching and conversation for the next two Sunday nights, Lord willing. Please join me in searching the Scriptures and praying for wisdom and understanding in order to rightly interpret and apply it. Our family time for these two meetings will revolve around charitable and loving questions and answers on this subject.

Following each evening service on 8/20 and 8/27, we will have two special members-only members’ meetings to discuss an issue vital to the health of our church. There is no need to speculate or gossip about the specifics of these meetings, but I would plead with you to pray for me and our church as we go forward. If you are a member of this church and it is at all possible for you to attend, please do so. Each member is deeply loved and valued by this church. Each member has an important role to play in the health of our body. Please help us all by being involved in the coming discussions and decisions.