Message From the Pastor
Dear Family of Fatih,
Yippee! Summer is here and all the blessings that go along with it such as going to the mountains or to the beach. As the Independence Day holiday approaches, it is also a time to remember the freedom we have to worship in public. John Leland, the outspoken Colonial Baptist wrote:
"Here, let it be observed, that religion is a matter entirely between God and individuals. No man has a right to force another to join a church; nor do the legitimate powers of civil government extend so far as to disable, incapacitate, proscribe, or in any way distress, in person, property, liberty or life, any man who cannot believe and practice in the common road. A church of Christ, according to the Gospel, is a congregation of faithful persons, called out of the world by divine grace, who mutually agree to live together, and execute gospel discipline among them; which government, is not national, parochial, or prebyterial, but congregational"
We have, as the people of God, the responsibility to live and proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people and live in such a way that brings Glory to God. A church as Leland noted is a "congregation of faithful persons" so let us all be faithful to our calling in Christ by encouraging and assisting each other in the work of the church. When we work together for the Glory of God we are not only being obedient to God, but we are also honoring the memory fo those who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Love in Christ,