"to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." (Ephesians 4:12-13)
June is a special month for the GMI congregation in Frankfurt, because
this month the Indonesian Mission Church in Frankfurt is celebrating its
27th anniversary. We should be grateful to God, who, as the Head of the
Church has been willing to lead and accompany the GMI congregation in
Frankfurt for 27 years. Over the years, there were souls who came and
souls who left, there are souls who returned to their homeland and souls
who came from their homeland. Through various kinds of struggles and challenges
that He permits, He intends to continue to sanctify and perfect us as
members of His family to grow mature and to produce the fruits of righteousness
as He intended.
Sometimes we are permitted by God to go through a difficult time, but our main focus is not on these difficult times, but on Him as the Head of the Body who has a beautiful plan, which He has prepared for us. In accordance with this May-June topic, which is: "Sanctified and perfected to become a strong member of the Body of Christ", we are invited to build a strong fellowship of the body of Christ in this generation. The Church of God is taught to unite to understand the importance of being a member of the Family of God who wants us to be prepared to welcome the second coming of the Lord Jesus and the Church needs to be equipped with various gifts of the Spirit to be able to become a light for His glory. In accordance with our motto as His missionary church, which is: "bless to inherit blessings", we hope that in entering this 27th year the Indonesian Mission Church can become God's family which is increasingly refined to grow mature and become a church which can be a blessing.
The Church of God is present and founded by the Lord Jesus on this earth for God's eternal purpose and purpose (Matthew 16:18, 19). The Lord wants to make us His saints, and also a place of fellowship where members of God's family can be built and perfected to grow together to mature. His Word in Ephesians 2: 19-20 says, "So you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of God's family. built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone ". And this guide for meditation in June says, that His saints are equipped for the work of service, for the building up of the body of Christ until we have all reached the unity of faith and true knowledge of the Son of God, full maturity and a level of growth in accordance with fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4: 12-13). This is the key to the spiritual and missionary strength of the life of His church.
The early church was built in the teaching of the apostles and also in strong fellowship (Acts 2:42 a). Biblical teaching and fellowship must be balanced. The early church could grow spiritually and develop in quantity, because they were all ready to be sanctified and reached the level of growth that God wanted. We also need to live the life of the church based on the teaching and power of His Word which is done by the power of the Holy Spirit and practice the life of fellowship of the family of God, where we also want to continue to be equipped to achieve full maturity and growth in accordance with the fullness of Christ. Let us be a generation that wants to be continuously refined to grow mature, Amen.
Oleh Pastor Silwanus Obadja M.Th.