Walking Together in the Light
Pastor Eugene shares five practical ways for us to walk together in the light as a church family.
We are almost at the end of our sermon series on 1 Timothy. Over the past three months, we have heard about how we should live as the church, which is God’s family. Our life together as the people of God should display these three inseparable aspects of discipleship: believing, belonging and behaving. All these centre on the person and work of Jesus Christ. We believe in Him through the gospel. Having believed, we belong to Christ’s body, the church. We then behave in Christlike ways, reflecting the authenticity of our faith and our identity as Jesus’ disciples.
Jesus is the Head of the church. Therefore His word and ways must guide and govern how we do church. Jesus’ followers must look like Him. This means that the church’s holiness matters, because we bear Christ’s name and should reflect His image. This is the reason why 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Our fellowship depends on our holiness. If Jesus is the bond that holds us together, then walking in the light of Christ keeps our unity strong. This is not to say that the church is a perfect place. Rather, the church is a community of repenting (note the present continuous tense) sinners. We humbly confess and repent of our sins, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us. Because of what Christ has done, God can be faithful and just to forgive us. This is what it means for us to walk together in the light: we are to be a Christ-dependent and Christ-exalting people who are continually turning away from sin and turning to Christ. We are continually putting to death our selfish, self-centred desires, and striving to live a new life of Spirit-empowered self-sacrificial love.
Reflect on these points of application:
1. Sin undermines our unity and fellowship. Sin draws us away from community. Being absent from church and broken relationships are often the symptoms of sin in our lives. Be aware of the destructiveness of sin. It is not something to be managed, but rather put to death.
2. Help one another to follow Jesus and walk in the light. We are responsible for spurring one another on towards Christlikeness. Sin often deceives us and we need help from others to grow in holiness. Let's be willing to share our struggles, so that we can compassionately bear one another’s burdens with the love of Christ.
3. Don’t enable sin by allowing it to remain in the dark. Sin loves to hide. Confession and repentance bring sin into the light, so that the transforming power of the gospel can be applied in our lives.
4. Ensure that Christ and the gospel are always at the core of our life together as a church. Keep pointing one another to the glorious light of Christ, the only Saviour for sinners. He alone is our strength, joy and hope.
5. Learn what Scripture has to say about how we should live together as God’s people. Attend the upcoming EQUIP class entitled “The Church” (9am-1pm, Saturday, March 24) to find out more about how we can be a church that displays the beauty of Christ.
This Sunday we will hear from 1 Timothy 6:3-21 on the riches of godliness. Let’s ask God to prepare our hearts to hear and do His word, so that we become more and more like His Son. May we be a church that glorifies God by growing in godliness together!