I love that as believers we celebrate various milestones, we celebrate with one another important life events and encourage continued spiritual growth. We have symbols that help us to understand our faith. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

In a recent Junior Worship lesson we talked about baptism and communion. Those two ordinances along with infant dedication, love feast and anointing services we have pictures that help us to grasp what God is doing in our lives.

Think about the family that stands up front with their child and dedicates them to God in front of us. When we stand in support of the family. We commit to live our lives as good witnesses to the children and the parents. We commit to serve in whatever way we can to be a good example and to be the community of faith that will encourage spiritual growth.

As we gather and celebrate love feast we are once again committing to be a family of faith. A family that may not agree about everything but a family that is willing to forgive and love one another. A family of faith that is concerned about each person and seeing each person attain all that God has planned.

We recently celebrated our graduates and prayed for them as they move into this next chapter of their lives. We celebrate where they have been, but most importantly where God is taking them. We celebrate with weddings and the joining together of two lives. We give Bibles to our new 3rd graders with a challenge to read that Bible and learn more about God's love and care.

We celebrate believers baptism and church membership. It's exciting to share in the symbolism of baptism. When a person understands their need to trust Christ and the forgiveness of sins because of His shed blood on the cross it is a day worth celebrating! Joining together to support a new believer is our celebration at its best.

What do you have to celebrate today? Maybe there is a milestone in your life that you could celebrate. Maybe there is a special event in the life of someone else for whom you should cheer. Let's continue to encourage and celebrate one another.

In Christ,

Pastor Olinda