By Lynn Metier
In the “old days”, the coming of Spring meant it was time for the annual ritual known to every housewife as “Spring Cleaning”. But do you realize that God is also in the “cleaning business”, especially when it comes to His church and children? By the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross 2000 years ago, He has cleansed His church. By the shedding of His blood, He fully paid the price for our redemption, meeting the requirements of the law in the payment for sin, and satisfying the justice of a holy God. But God is also engaged in the continuing work of sanctification; that is, "cleaning" the world out of His church. Paul explained that Christ "loved the church and gave Himself up for her; that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word." (Ephesians 5:25-26) Notice the past tense of the verb "cleansed". When Jesus said on the cross: "It is finished", He had completed the work of redemption the Father had sent Him to do. But when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the church at Pentecost, His work of sanctification was just beginning.
What is true in the corporate sense for the church is equally true in each individual person. When a person is "born again" he becomes a new creation and is given a clean heart, but usually he is not immediately taken out of this world. He is still affected and influenced, tempted and tainted by this sinful, fallen world and his old sin nature. This is explained by Jesus as he sought to wash Peter's feet (John 13:6-10). When Peter protested, Jesus replied: "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." But then, when Peter wanted a complete bath, Jesus explained: "He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean." Therefore, even though a believer is cleansed at conversion - ALL his sins washed away by the blood of the Lamb – the process of cleaning the world out of him (sanctification, or "setting apart") has just begun and will continue until the Christian is taken home to glory.Read more ...
Save The Date: Saturday, May 21st at the Highland Bowl
This month we have another exciting opportunity to take hold of the challenge as we, the body of Christ, rally to support the vision and mission of CompassCare, Erasing the Need for Abortion, by becoming a participating walker in their Annual Walk For Life.
Here are some facts about the Walk For Life:
The Walk is on Saturday, May 21st from 9AM – 12PM at the Bowl in Highland Park, rain or shine. This is the largest walk in Rochester of its kind, with an estimated reach of 16,000-20,000 people.
Over 800 people participated in 2015, representing 72 Rochester area churches, and $204,000 was raised by hundreds of pledge-supported walkers. 120 babies were saved in 2015, and since 2002 1,037 lives have been saved from abortion through the programs at CompassCare. In 2015 24 women prayed to receive Christ. The Walk raises awareness and funds for the mission of erasing the need for abortion by transforming a woman’s fear into confidence.
The challenge I wish to encourage us to take on this year is to increase the number of walkers that we recruit for this amazing ministry. That is how we can aim for the target of reaching more people. With every person that we talk to about sponsoring us, we are bringing the mission and vision of CompassCare to their knowledge. By encouraging those who have sponsored us in the past to become walkers themselves this year, and by their subsequent going out and getting sponsors, the numbers of people who become aware of CompassCare’s amazing work increases. This not only greatly multiplies the number of supporters, but it also puts the ministry in the forefront for those women who may find themselves in need of the care and support provided by the ministry.Read more ...