Dear Mosaic Family,
We live in a culture of growing commitment phobia: people are afraid to commit. Everyone wants to keep their options open and their independence unbridled. People are afraid to commit to a job or career. Couples are afraid to commit to one another for life. Parents find it difficult to commit to raising their children. Committing to a church is almost unheard of! So when people practice true commitment, it's absolutely countercultural.
Tomorrow, we'll be wrapping up our series in Ephesians by looking at chapter 6, where St. Paul gives us God's plan for parenting, work, and spiritual warfare. Parents are told to commit to raising their children in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord." Employees are told to commit to doing their jobs "not by way of eye-service as people pleasers" but from sincere hearts, as if working for the Lord. Finally, all Christians are told to commit to the Lord and stand against the Evil One. Though there are many themes in the chapter, the central truth that undergirds everything is that true love assumes commitment. Without commitment, there is no Christianity. Jesus Christ loved us so much, that He committed his life for ours.
Ephesians 1-3 is focused on God's commitment to us, and Ephesians 4-6 teaches that He expects a commensurate response. He wholly committed Himself to us, therefore we are to wholly commit ourselves to Him, to His church, to one another. to His Word, to His will, husbands to their wives and wives to their husbands, parents to their children and children to their parents. When empowered by the Holy Spirit, this commitment isn't constricting, but liberating, because "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
Join us tomorrow as we study Ephesians 6 and continue to think through the practical implications of the Gospel in our daily lives.
Praying for you!
P.S. Members, don't forget we've got a members' meeting tomorrow. The meeting begins with a potluck, so don't forget to bring something delicious. Please tell us what you're bringing here.
Baptism Service. Sunday, April 2nd. If you're interested in getting baptized at Mosaic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Members' Meeting. Sunday, February 26th, 1-3pm. If you're a member, please plan on attending our first quarterly members' meeting and potluck. What are you bringing to the potluck?
Mosaic Youth Group. Every Sunday, Mosaic holds a youth group gathering during the 9:30service. If you know anyone looking for a youth group, let them know!
Mosaic Boston App. Did you know Mosaic has an app? You can download it here.
Pre-service Prayer. Join us in the upper hallway of the Temple Ohabei Shalom for a time of pre-service prayer on Sundays at 8:45AM and 4:30PM. It's an opportunity for us to pray for the church, the city, and the world.