Rom 1:8 “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.”
Dear CBC Family,
There is an interesting saying that “everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame.” This quote has various sources and is often now used to refer to a one-hit-wonder band that only ever gets one single into the top 40. It’s also used for actors who get one role and fade away. I came across this verse in an article I was reading and instead of the usual interpretation I linked it with Romans 1.
Gifts come from God, fame comes from men and pride comes from men as the improper response to either of the first. While that is a general rule there is at least one instance I know of where fame came from God. It occurs in the book of Romans in chapter 1 verse 8 where Paul says: “I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world.” This “Famous Faith” is all due to the work of God. It is God who granted it. It is God who sustained it. It is God who spread it. And, it is God who made it known.
As we saw last week, grace is given to empower our calling and make it fruitful. This working of grace among the church in Rome caused them to be the talk of the first century believers. Rome was well known for the work of grace among them. God saw fit to give them more than their “15 minutes of fame.” They are recorded in His eternal word as a place where grace abounded. Would you like the same thing said off you? If so come this weekend and learn from the text what it takes to have “Famous Faith.” This is not the modern faith movement ideas but what the Bible states about what God does where grace abounds. Grab a friend that needs to understand how God’s power works and see what the Lord will do.
I wanted to say thank you to the parents of our kids who have been so supportive through this time of transition with the children’s ministry. Your encouragement and support means so much. A special well-deserved thanks goes to the heart of the team, Pam Ealy, Patti Herrel and Diana Tan, who have worked tirelessly to organize and perform much of the administrative work. Another special appreciation is certainly due to the teachers and helpers who prepare and instruct the kids in the ways of the Lord. I am very proud of our children’s ministry here and would put it up against anyone’s anywhere! Why not say thanks to one of them this weekend?
Truly, the body grows when each part serves in the grace which God provides. Speaking of thanks, Lord, we thank you for what You are doing in Your church!
Blessings from Him to you,