"The Bond of Peace”
As I write this article, our congregation is engaged in a church-wide emphasis on spiritual gifts. At conversion, each Christ follower is given the gift of the Holy Spirit which is the power of God. This power is uniquely at work in and through each member of HRBC and enables our church to worship, love, grow and serve in the name of Jesus Christ! To undergird the spiritual gifts emphasis here at HRBC, we have also engaged in a six-week sermon series entitled “I Am a Church Member” which is adapted from Dr. Thom Rainer’s book with the same title.
The second message in the series focused on church members as a unifying presence in the body of Christ. The text was from Ephesians 4:1-3 where Paul writes,
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
In my study, I was interested in the meaning of the word “bond” in verse three where Paul writes that believers are to strive for unity through the bond of peace. What does this “bond” look like? The Greek word that Paul uses here is syndesmos (sü'n-de-smos) and it means “that which binds together, a band, or a bond . . . of ligaments by which the members of the human body are united together.” The word that Paul chose tells us that peace is the “ligament” that keeps the body unified and as one! When we strive for unity through the one who is the Prince of Peace, we shine as lights to the world around us! And that warms the heart of God!
As I studied this concept, I was interested to know more about ligaments so I asked one of our members, Bill Torres, who is a physician, for help. He gladly shared some wonderful insights which I shared in the sermon on April 19, including the fact that “there are over 900 ligaments in the human body and they connect bones to other bones and provide support to joints and various internal organs.” Wow! You and I are parts of the body and are bound together through the one who is the Prince of Peace! This reminds me of the words, Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above. You are a valuable part of the body of Christ!
Grace and peace through Christ, Pastor Bob