Because I Belong… is the growing vision for Redeemer. We will be exploring it in a sermon series beginning this Sunday. We will be giving it form and focus through the Church Council and the Boards in the months to come. And we will be expanding it in the following three ways: Because I belong to God… Because I belong to you, and you to me… Because I belong and God calls me to bring others to belong…
The “belonging” is something that God brings about through the work of the Holy Spirit. But that “belonging” will encourage, entail, or necessitate things in my life. It will call forth obedience, discipleship, fellowship, and witness, among other things.
It’s the same with other relationships in my life. In yours, too.
Because I belong in Peoria, IL…I will pay taxes; I will take part in local activities (like Brat Fest, and Farmers’ Markets); I will root for Bradley; etc.
Because I belong to Jami Winter…I will honor her; I will strive to be a good steward of my health; I will strive to be a good steward of our relationship; etc.
Because I belong in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod…I will take part in the Peoria/Tazewell circuit activities; I will take part in the Central Illinois District activities; I will benefit from the synod’s products; etc.
Because I belong to the University of Nebraska Alumni Association…I will fly my Husker flags on game-day weekends; etc.
Belonging is first and foremost a blessing. And we are thankful for the brothers and sisters who belong with us in God’s family at Redeemer and in Christ in general. And we will keep in our prayers those who have yet to come to know Christ Jesus as Lord.