I absolutely love our church and our church family! So many people from this church have had a major influence in my life! They have helped shape me into the person I am today. I am so thankful for every opportunity and experience I have gained from this. I went from being a 5 year old little girl running around with my bangs in my face and ponytail flopping around, to being the Pastor’s wife-still with a ponytail on most days! I have seen a lot! And our church has experienced a lot of change over the years. Things like name changes; HB Vineyard, Coastview Christian Fellowship, The Father’s house, Fathers House OC. Or location Changes; renting the Seventh Day Adventist, the Argosy building, Pacifica, Gazze, and now Hope Lutheran. I have seen the attendance numbers at the services change, the times of service change, the order of service change, even the staff and the pastors have changed! But one thing has never changed and that is the LOVE of God for our church and His people!
This year in the Bible study I attend, we are studying 1 & 2 Corinthians and let me tell you-it is GOOD! Omg! It is seriously so good! This is my favorite scripture from last week and I just can’t shake it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 “You are the body of the anointed one and each of you is a unique and vital part of it.” This just really touched my heart as a Christian. Sometimes I don’t feel unique. And sometimes I feel like there are so many of us so I question if I really am vital. And the answer is YES! And so are each of YOU! I was seriously pondering this verse and it is so true. We have added and lost so many people over the years and each person is so special. Sometimes when we are planning, we realize we have a hole and our leadership is brought to the awareness of our true longing for the family that is no longer with us because we KNOW they are the perfect person for the ministry. Not to be a downer but it is true! We are flooded with memories of all the good times with them. Other times we have a newer church family member doing something amazing and we are like WOW God! Thank you! What could we have ever done without them?
We are all unique and vital. You truly are, even if you don’t feel it! Ask a friend! Sometimes others can see it better than you can. I just want to encourage everyone to be yourself, be the anointed body of Christ! Be who he made you to be! You are unique and vital! Find out what your spiritual gifts are and use them. 1 Corinthians 12:31 “But you should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking to higher gifts” It is so much fun to be a big family working together for the Kingdom of God and sharing this life together. Even through all of the ups and downs, we all have something to offer each other and God. I believe a lot of us have had our foundation tested, even our church at times, but we are built with quality material. Material that doesn’t burn. We only glow brighter! (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)
By Havah Felker