The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

Fellowship with God – Part 1

Thursday, November 21, 2019

“‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.’” (John 5:19 NIV)

Have you ever met a father who is no longer speaking to his son?  Perhaps they were close while the son was growing up, but they had an argument, words were said, and they haven’t spoken since.  Maybe you know a woman who doesn’t get along with her sister.  Conversations between them are few and strained.  Perhaps there is a couple in your social circle who, although they are married and still live together, don’t communicate and don’t enjoy each other’s company.

Those individuals have a relationship, and they even have the legal documents—a birth certificate or a marriage license—to prove it.  But do they have fellowship with each other?  How can a relationship be significant if there isn’t at least a sense of camaraderie or intimacy between the parties?

As Christians we have a relationship with God.  He is our Father and we are his children.  But just because we have a relationship doesn’t mean that we necessarily have the kind of fellowship God planned for us.

When we read the writings of some of the great Christian leaders from a hundred years ago or earlier, we see that there was a strong emphasis on two-way fellowship between the Lord and his people.  They wrote about not just spending time praising and thanking God, or even petitioning him, but also about spending time just waiting in his presence and listening for his voice.  Fellowship with God is more than just attending church on Sunday; it is about spending time alone with God.

We have no better model for this than Jesus, who “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16).  Although he was the Son of God, Jesus found it necessary to spend time alone with God in prayer, to discern what God wanted him to do.  How else would he know how long to stay in Capernaum or Jerusalem unless he heard it from God?  Jesus certainly did not talk and petition God during all those hours he was away by himself.  Instead, he listened to his Father for guidance and for the very subject matter of his teaching:  “These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me” (John 14:24).

To be continued…

-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)

Read John 5:19-30.

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