Words by our Priest-in-Charge:
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 )
We have often said that a healthy church is a growing church. It is therefore our primary focus in building up God’s Church, we shall first seek to build a healthy Church. In the Bible quotation cited above, we are told that a person is made up of 3 part: spirit, soul and body. If we want to seek the good health of a person, we would need to address the health of all these 3 parts.
The Church is made up of the collection of individual persons who are called to be the disciples of Jesus. A healthy Church therefore is made up of healthy individuals in the church. In building up the Church, we could not ignore the importance of ministering to the soul of the disciples. Since the 3 parts of a person could not be separated, the ministry to the person could not be compartmentalized as well.
The Church is called the Body of Christ for obvious and apparent reason. The Church must be built up as a person is to be built up. Spiritual freedom, nourishment of the spirit, healing of the soul, renewing of the mind, Spirit directed will, emotional health, practical care, etc are all but an essential and integral part of the ministry of the Church. We therefore need to put in place into our Church and personal life, spiritual disciplines that would draw us close to God that could cultivate intimacy with our God. Because it is in intimacy with our God, we find health to our spirit, soul and body.
May I encourage us therefore, to lay hold of every opportunity to integrate spiritual disciplines such as prayer, study of God’s words, worship and communion with God into our family and routines, so that we may draw near to God and develop an intimate relationship with God. He who calls us is faithful, He will certainly bring health to us.