I heard things about a local curch that is causing me concern, and yet as I read the letters to the churches, in the New Testament, it reminds me that some things never change. Most of the letters written to these church, voiced concerns, about doctrine and behaviour. The great apostle Paul who had to deal with so many difficulties in the churches, wrote,'' I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches''[ 2 Corinthians 11v28] It is easy to talk and gossip ,but that is not the answer, we need to pray, for those churches that are knowing difficulties. After all they are part of our Christian family, yes they may have different views on different things ,that we hold ,they are still Christians. There is a group of churches in England,
and they where known as the, 'Peculiar People', this is taken from the AV,
and has an entirely different meaning now. Most people used the AV when this movement came into place, in modern translations it is translated,'' His own special people''. As one observes some Christian groups, and even may
I say, some Christians, we may be inclined to label them, peculiar people,
but let us remember, in spite of their strange ways, they are ''Gods own special people'' . So let us all without exception pray for those peculiar people who are Gods special people.
Dear God you know us your people, and how often we act in peculiar ways
we ask that in mercy You may perfect that which needs perfecting,as
individuals and as local churches, in Jesus name we ask this Amen.