A possessive pronoun is a pronoun indicating possession of an object by another object or person. Examples of possessive pronouns include: Mine, Yours, His, Hers, Ours, and Theirs. There are lots of activities in progress at First Christian Church of Pittsfield with the primary goal of enhancing your relationship with the Heavenly Tribunal (Father, Son and Holy Ghost). This month, and as we go forward through 2018, I am requesting that each of us take ownership of being part of the Church Family. The first sign of ownership is to check our pronouns. Perhaps we should replace “The”, “That” or even “FCC” in discussions with “My” or “Our” church.
Genesis 1:1 -2 reveals the beginning of our walk. I quote “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty…” When the lights are off on a cold January night the building at 225 North Memorial is cold and empty. It is easily recognized as “A Church” building but not “my church” until I see life in it.
In Genesis 12, in exchange for Abraham’s obedience, God pledged: “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” Don’t misunderstand and think Abraham worked for God’s favor but, he had to share in a relationship with God to feel the benefits.
Transferring to the New Testament, Matthew 3:17 tells us that after Jesus was baptized a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Thanks be to our God that he sent “His” Son and that He continued to recognize Him in the good and bad times of His life.
The Lord’s Prayer begins with “Our Father,” not just the title “God” or “Heavenly Being”. If Jesus’ model prayer shows such strong relationship, we should take ownership in our relationships to our Creator. In a busy world with so many distractions it is imperative that we have a home and that we share our home with each other.
Even when times were roughest for our Savior, (Matthew 27:45-46) Jesus recognized whose He was when He prayed. “My God. My God, why have you forsaken me?” In these final words on the cross, Jesus quoted Psalms 22 to show us that it was not sin in general but “our sins” in particular that He was giving His life for.
So, as I requested in the opening paragraph, this article is a call for each of us to personalize our relationship with God through Jesus, the Holy Spirit within us and “our Church”. Take the opportunity of ownership in all our conversations, especially the tough ones. Even when we are not perfect, or even when we miss the mark, we are a part of something greater… “OUR CHURCH”.