A hallmark of the body of Christ is being one as the people of God. This oneness permeates all that we believe and all that we are in identity. Harmony among the children of God in Christ should be our desire and goal as we live in this broken world with its many disappointments and challenges. The church is our family, we are related through the blood of Jesus and remember that we are on equal footing when it comes to our salvation in Him (Galatians 3:27-28).
The church is precious to Jesus because He shed His blood for it (Acts 20:28). We must careful not to disrupt the unity that exists in this blood-purchased body among brothers and sisters in Christ. To be guilty of causing division is a most serious charge (Proverbs 6:19; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13).
Division is clearly branded a sin in Galatians 5:19-21. Of the fifteen items listed “works of the flesh,” eight have to do with those things that create disharmony or describe division among people: enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy. People are following the flesh and not the Spirit if they allow nationality, color, social status, cultural mores, economic and political doctrines; educational attainments, or personality differences to keep them apart. Brotherhood is based on having the same divine Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13) (Everett Ferguson, The Church of Christ (400-401).
What does this mean?
It means that the unity of the church is more important than me getting my way or yours.
It means that the unity of the church always comes ahead of my personal or political agenda.
It means that the unity of the church comes before my feelings.
It is my responsibility to walk in love toward my brethren and it is my duty to work for unity in the church.
We are to give each other the benefit of the doubt: this is biblical (1 Corinthians 13:7).
Do not be unkind or harsh towards one another.
Make it a goal to build up (edify).
Treat one another with genuine respect.
Love one another “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:14-15).
Prayers & Updates
Mary Carter continues to make progress at home.
Aaron Passmore continues to improve.
Betty Baker continues to have episodes of passing out.
Remember Shirley Jeffers as she continues to manage her ongoing pain.
Hampton Hager’s mother suffered a bad fall, breaking her leg that required surgery. She had a CT scan because of banging her head that showed a tumor on her brain.
Keep the parents of Brian Buchanan, and Robert Langford in your prayers with health issues. Also, Len Patterson’s mother who is on dialysis.
Remember Keith Franklin’s sister; Tan Franklin. She is awaiting surgery.
Joe Theado’s sister Helen continues to decline.
Gail Armstrong’s daughters both live and work in high risk COVID areas.
Anthony Overton’s brother, Dwayne has been hospitalized recently in Dallas.
Jim Passmore’s cousin, Marty Dolan has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer.
Wendy Pena is expected to have a C-section June 12th, unless she delivers before then. They are expecting a boy (Mateo).
Sympathy to Jerry & Cathy Brooks on the passing of Jerry’s Father who passed away Friday (June 5) morning. Continue to pray for Jerry’s mother who is also suffering with dementia.
Online Study, Prayer, & Worship
Þ Livestream Worship
Each Sunday morning at 10:30 am. Tune in to our Gold Hill Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Þ Children’s Bible Class
Sunday’s with Emily Hatfield. Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Þ Favorite Passages
Each Monday : Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch a featured favorite passage will be shared from one of our men.
Þ Lunchtime Prayer
Tuesday’s at noon with Keith Franklin & Robert Hatfield via our Gold Hill Facebook page. Prayer requests are made through the comments in the live video.
Þ Call From Elders
Expect to receive a call update from our Elders each Tuesday.
Þ Wednesday Bible Study
Robert Hatfield & Steve Miller are leading a study discussion on family/church relationships. Watch for new episodes each Wednesday afternoon through our Facebook page or Youtube.com/user/goldhillchurch.
Gold Hill Youth – Wednesday MS/ HS Summer Series
This week we meet at Cindy Carol’s Home – Plan to be outside for Food, Fun, Fellowship. 6 – 9 PM – Bring a lawn chair
For questions regarding our live stream or technical issues you are experiencing, please contact Tommie Washington:
2020 GHR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES:
We will have a celebration to honor our graduates Wednesday, June 17th at 7:00 pm here at the building (We will not be having a Bible study at that time, but will have our ongoing study with Steve & Robert posted.
- Cole Bitting – Air Force Academy
- Will Bramlet – Clemson University
- Blakeney Buchanan – Gap year/ Travel
- Taylor Cherry– Coast Guard
- Vivianna Kite – Dual Status
- Devon Padgett – York Tech
- Caleb VanHamme – York Tech
- Jared Whytsell – Winthrop University