Dear Believers in Christ from Anchorage,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This message is lovingly crafted as an epistle to all Christian denominations in Anchorage, mirroring the intent Paul had while writing letters to the churches during his time. I stand in awe today, having been granted this golden opportunity to share the word of God with you. For, there was a time when I never thought this moment would arrive.
There came a point in my life when I experienced a transformative shift. It was a moment of revelation, compelling me to introspect, to gaze into my own heart before judging the actions of others. It was a call for humility and unity, a call that I hope resonates with you all today. With a humble heart, I ask for forgiveness. I apologize for the moments when my spirit was critical towards you, when I prioritized my viewpoints over yours, when my indifference and self-righteousness clouded the shared mission we hold in Christ. Too often, we get consumed by our own tasks, assuming that our way is the only righteous path, thereby forgetting that God has called us to serve in varied ways. I repent sincerely for failing to recognize and appreciate your unique journey towards serving Christ.
With utmost sincerity, I implore each one of us to shift our focus from what differentiates us to what unites us in Christ. Imagine the harmony and shared sense of purpose that could ensue if all the churches of Anchorage worked in unison for the greater glory of God. Recall Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:1-5 about judging others. It is a powerful reminder for us to first address our own shortcomings before pointing fingers at others. We are all susceptible to being overly critical of others over the most trivial matters. How beautiful would it be if we could foster a close-knit community where we lovingly guide each other towards the path of righteousness? Can you picture a future where thousands of Christians in Anchorage are unified, working together for the kingdom of God? Can you envision what might transpire if we pool our resources instead of struggling in our isolated corners? This is not merely an ambitious thought.
This is a call for a “One Church Movement,” a united force where each member contributes their unique gifts, embodying the salt, light, and love of Christ to every Alaskan. Let me clarify, this unity is not a call to compromise on the bedrock of our faith – the sound biblical doctrine. This is not a plea for unity with heretical teachings. Instead, it is a call for unity among those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, those who believe salvation comes through faith and grace alone. Paul’s words in Romans 12:3-8 paint a beautiful picture of the unity we should strive for. Each church, each believer, has been given different gifts by God. Imagine the impact we could have if we were to utilize these gifts collectively for His glory. Paul’s letters to the churches in Rome, Philippi, Ephesus, and Colossae were not meant for isolated congregations, but for the collective body of believers in those cities. This can be a model for us here in Anchorage. We are part of the living body of Christ, with many members performing different functions. Our unity, our shared mission does not negate our individuality.
Let’s rejoice in our diverse gifts and use them to further His kingdom. May this message inspire a shared vision among us – a vision of unity, mutual respect, and collective action for the glory of Christ. Together, let’s strive to become the hands and feet of Jesus in Anchorage.
Watch the full sermon here: https://youtu.be/ulg-qoyRm2w