The Body of Christ
September 23, 2016
A little more than a week ago, I met with a group of senior saints at Fair Haven in a new ministry called simply “Senior Fellowship.” We had a great time of fellowship and worship, Bible study and discussion. If you would identify yourself as a senior saint (or even if you wouldn’t), I’d encourage you to come, we meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 3:00pm in The Rock. You won’t regret it!
Here’s what I remember most about the last time that group was together. I invited Chelsea VanNoord, our staff member who works with our Middle School student ministry, to come and talk for a few minutes. She shared about the needs of the kids, the challenges the leaders face, and she asked for prayer for herself and for her team. And this group of seniors was quick and eager to oblige: we gathered around Chelsea in prayer and asked the Lord to bless the ministry, the students, the leaders, and we prayed specifically for Chelsea. It was a moving time for all of us. Chelsea was blessed, and those senior saints felt a deeper connection to Chelsea and that part of our ministry. I was so proud of those seniors for responding with such faith, conviction, and fervent prayer.
Here’s my growing conviction: because we’re a big church, we need to work harder at getting small…that is, we need to create those times and places where we can share our hearts and pray for one another. A smaller group like a huddle or a missional community of 20 to 40 people is ideal for that kind of interaction.
I would love for this story of prayer for Chelsea by her extended church family to be told a hundred times over…not just for staff people, but for everybody who calls Fair Haven their church home. I long for every one of us to be able to say: I know what it is to know others and to be known, to pray for others and to be prayed for, to love others and to be loved.
This is what it looks like to be the body Christ, and I was thankful to be a part of a story where we were living as the body of Christ.