“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” – 1 Cor 11:1
Paul could have simply said, “Be imitators of Christ!” – but the people were forming factions around various authority figures. So he cut through the confusion with the simple rule: “only imitate me (or anyone else) to the extent that I imitate Christ.”
The best teachers are also role models, helping us to see what it looks like to apply their teaching. But like the rest of us, they have feet of clay. God has given us the Bible and the Holy Spirit to help us in discerning truth: and a plurality of wise guides in applying it. What joy it is as we gather in church and at Bible studies, exploring and celebrating our life in Him, knowing He will bring us through!
“Never in the history of mankind has so much been owed by so many to so few” – Winston Churchill’s emotional cry at an RAF station during the Battle of Britain. While building this into what would be his most famous speech, a friend said, “What about Jesus?” – and Churchill changed the word “mankind” to “human conflict”.
But the words are indeed owed to Jesus Christ, with the whole company of martyrs and missionaries who have established the Church for our salvation and joy.
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses … to the end of the earth” – Acts 1:9
Rejoice today as we welcome Andy and Debbie Abbott, on furlough from labour for the Moskona people in Papua. We are in partnership with them!
There is nothing better than this!
"It is good to give thanks to the Lord", Psalm 92.