Mat’s October Letter

I’m really enjoying the Rugby World Cup. When I’m not shouting at the England team, one of the things that I enjoy watching is the team work. Each player has a role and speciality. If they all do that well then the whole team performs to the best of its ability.

I’d like to think that if Paul was writing Romans 12Open Link in New Window now, he might have used a rugby team as a metaphor for the body of Christ—the Church. Paraphrasing the NRSV translation verses 4 & 5, “For as in one rugby team we have many players, and not all the players have the same function, so we, who are many, are one rugby team in Christ, and individually we are members of the one team. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.” In order for the team to function at its full potential each person’s gift needs to be used. What’s your gift? What is your position on the St Matthew’s rugby team?

The bible is clear that everyone has gifts. Everyone is called to take their place in the body of Christ. Some of us don’t know what those gifts are, some of us do know what they are but aren’t using them or are doing other things that we aren’t that gifted for (playing out of position). So how do we discover and use the gifts that God has given us? How do we discern God’s calling? Funny you should ask that.

On Saturday 22nd October we are holding a course to help us each to identify our gifts and find a place to use them. This is part of our vision to live for Jesus. For if we are each using our gifts in the power of the Holy Spirit, the church will be working well and God will be glorified. There is further information later in this bulletin. If you can, please do come. I believe that this could be a very significant day in the life and ministry of St Matthew’s.

This is a very exciting time of year at St Matthew’s with many new things going on and new people being welcomed. Do pray for the whole church that we might increasingly know the will of God and the power of the Spirit in our whole lives.

Mat

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