Our New Building
By the grace and blessing of Almighty God Family of Christ dedicated the New Church Building at a Service on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm.
“Growing in Love, Building on Faith.” This theme for our building plan is a true and beautiful reminder of what we at Family of Christ are doing: following in the footsteps of Jesus and where He leads us, building a new facility to raise up the cross of Christ on an amazing piece of high ground here in the middle of Alpine Township.
“God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:8-11). Because God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins, we have been forgiven, and through the power of the Holy Spirit who works in us to create and sustain faith, we are able to love God and love our neighbor. Because we are still sinners on this earth, we continue “Growing in Love” knowing that one day our love will be made complete when we meet Jesus, who is Love, face to face.
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21). Our love grows by the power of the Holy Spirit, and our faith does as well. It grows as we gather together in worship, receiving God’s Word and His Sacraments; gather around God’s Word in Bible Studies and home fellowship groups; send children off to children’s church; fellowship with one another after services; bear one another’s burdens in times of trial; serve our community in love through evangelism outreach; and the list goes on!
“Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). We are building on the Biblical faith that we as one body share. The Holy Spirit is building us up in our personal faith and moving us forward with love that leads us to sacrifice, hope that endures in the toughest times, and faith like a mustard seed that moves mountains. We do this all by God’s grace and His strength, being confident in our future for our merciful God holds us in His loving hands!
Jesus is always with us as He promised! God says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). We can be strong and courageous, not terrified or discouraged, because God truly is with us wherever we go. So let’s go forward “Growing in Love, Building on Faith."