Our Vow: Presence
11th Sunday After Pentecost
19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:19-25
Membership in the local church involves faithfully participating in church ministries. What do we mean when we talk about presence? Not necessarily how involved you are in the local church, but how much are you actually there. Presence is a vital part of ministry because it builds our nature of communal living with God and with one another. How are we present? What is called of us to do?
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