A heartfelt welcome to you in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ from a family of believers who worship together in Fairfield, California
UNITY OF THE HEAD HEART AND HAND
The church is the melding together of the head, heart, and hand of every believer. When we examine the spiritual gifts of those who name Jesus as Lord (See Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11) it is apparent that some of those gifts are gifts of knowledge (head), some are gifts of compassion (heart), and some are gifts of service (hand).
God has given us evangelists, pastors, and teachers who equip us for the works of service. God has given some the gift of touching the hearts of others through exhortation. And yet others He has equipped to serve, give, and do the physical work that others cannot do. Paul wrote, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:4,5). While Paul’s comments are probably directed more toward individual Christians worshiping and working together in one place to form a local congregation, his writings have application to the church universal.
I have attended and/or served in about seven local churches in my life. Each of those congregations had a collective personality about them. Some could be categorized head churches – churches that were intent on teaching and getting everything right. Some were heart churches – people who were not afraid to express their joy or sadness. And some were churches that were feeding the hungry, clothing the homeless, and working in the community to make it a better place. I would not suggest that a hand church give up its serving personality just to become a head church. I have seen in cities where all three churches existed and complimented one another. That, brothers and sisters, is the unity for which I have been praying.
When we attain the balance (or unity) of head, heart, and hand churches individually and collectively, then the world will know we are Christ’s church and will see Jesus living in us and through us. Please join me in praying for unity.