God’s family: We are one

 

By Greg Musselman, VP of Outreach – Voice of the Martyrs

 

One of the great privileges I’ve had since getting involved with VOM is meeting with my brothers and sisters in Christ as I’ve travelled to countries hostile to the gospel and as I’ve spoken in churches across Canada.

While I knew what the Bible said about Christ’s followers being a part of the family of God, my journeys over the past dozen years have burned that truth deep into my heart. God is our Father and, as a result, His children are our brothers and sisters and we are commanded to love each other (1 John 4:21).

Often we refer to those who are suffering for the cause of Christ as the “persecuted Church,” but by doing that we sometimes unintentionally make a separation or distinction between those who live in countries like Canada and those who live in restricted nations. Regardless of what opposition for our faith we are going through, whether minor or severe, we are one Family and part of one Body, the Church.

1 Corinthians 12:26 tells us that when one part of the Body suffers, we all suffer.

One of the things I love most about being a father is seeing my children doing nice things for each other, especially if one of them is hurting. It brings me great joy! I believe our Heavenly Father feels the same way when we love our Christian family, and when we stand with our brothers and sisters in their time of need and pain. 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the privilege of being Your adopted sons and daughters. Help us, we pray, to have unity with our brothers and sisters as one Family and to remember and care for each other. Teach us how to love one another and equip us, we pray, to suffer and rejoice together. Amen.

 

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World Prayr has chosen to be different, starting with teaching others that the pilgrimage all those who have been brought near to God are on is not one about our focusing on what we are doing, or focusing on our sin or anything we are not doing, but focusing on what Christ did in order for us to know transforming grace. We refer to this message as the gospel of grace. We then live this out as a ministry by serving others through counseling, prayer, and sound biblical teachings.

We also differ from most ministries in another key area, working to live out the message of Philippians 2:4 by aggressively promoting other ministries and churches. As a mission team, World Prayr is working to serve those who are disconnected to reconnect them, one soul at a time, to local bodies of believers.

We refer to our team as an “Ohana” made up of many nationalities spread across the globe and within the Protestant faith.

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