Jesus calls us as individuals, directing his love and saving grace toward us, and then calls us to community. One of the most beautiful things about the gospel, is its cosmic scope – God is literally setting all things right, uniting things on heaven and earth (Eph. 1), and building his church: a group of men and women from every tongue, tribe and nation. In light of this, we are gifted with the most incredible community among our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The congregation here at Coral Ridge is one, local expression of this community of Christians that God is gathering through the work of his Son and we want you to experience it in all its fullness, as together we point each other to Jesus.
I love the picture of community we see in Mark 2:1-12. A paralyzed man is brought before the feet of Jesus for healing, but how he’s brought there is remarkable. Four of the man’s friends carried him to the house where Jesus was teaching, and yet the size of the crowd prevented them from getting near Jesus. So what did the four men do? They brought their friend up on the roof, cut a hole in the structure, and lowered their friend down on his bed to be before Jesus! This raises so many questions – how did the homeowner react? Did they get in trouble? And yet, what’s remarkable is that Jesus sees their faith and not only heals the paralyzed man physically but also pronounces the forgiveness of his sins – the very healing we’re all in need of. The picture of community we’re given in this passage though is inspiring: at the end of the day, we all need to have people in our lives, who in the hard times, will carry us to the feet of Jesus at all costs. The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation; we need a community of people around us who will continually point us to Jesus and the grace that is ours in the gospel.
I have the privilege of working to involve you in the life of our congregation. We all need a community of fellow Christians around us, to minister the gospel to one another, and my prayer is that through our various ministries you’ll find just that. Please let me know how I can serve you.
Adam Masterson, Director of Congregational Life
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