“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
– Matthew 18:20 (ESV)

As you know, it’s been a crazy almost twelve months for Mary and me! First, Julia’s marriage, then Mary’s Meningioma surgery in October, and then her Aplastic Anemia diagnosis early this year and her continuing struggle with it.

Last Wednesday, Mary was able to attend our Prayer Meeting for the first time this year! There were only five other people there, but what a sweet time of fellowship and prayer we had!

The late Pastor Ray Stedman explains it so well, “The expression of the power of Jesus Christ is never fully seen in an individual Christian, but only in the church as a whole. The simplest form of the church is here described, Where two or three gather in my name. You and I, as individual Christians, cannot fully reflect Jesus Christ (emphasis mine). It is only when two or three, or two or three hundred, or two or three thousand are gathered in his name that in a full and complete sense the power which is committed to Jesus Christ, who is above every name which is named, both in this age and in the age to come, is fully manifested in this life. This means we can never fully know Jesus Christ unless we know him in relation to someone else.”

Stedman continues, “In Paul’s great prayer in Ephesians 3, he prays that we may know what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and come to know with all saints the love which is in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:17-19). With all saints. We will never know it by ourselves. We can take our Bible and study it by ourselves, we can analyze it and saturate our minds with it and memorize it, but till we begin to share it with other Christians we never grasp what Jesus Christ fully is.”

Please prayerfully consider joining us for our Prayer Meeting.

Let’s close with Stedman’s prayer: Father, how wonderful it is to come back to the simplicity of that relationship of a mighty, overpowering, victorious Lord in the midst of his Church. Lord, teach me to glory in this and to pray on this basis alone.

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

In Christ,

Pastor Jim

*From www.raystedman.org

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