Thursday, April 23, 2009

The 2009 ARBCA General Assembly has been edifying as usual. Messengers from just over 70 churches met together in unity and harmony that reflects Christianity as it should be. It is a blessing to be a part of this association of churches.

The theme of this year's assembly is "Communion with Our Triune God." On Tuesday night Fred Pugh preached on "Communion with God the Father." God delights to be with us. It is a communion that will never fail. "He will rejoice over thee with joy" (Zeph 3:17). On Wednesday night Raymond Perron spoke on "Communion with God the Son." He spoke of our relationship with Christ in terms of the musical expression, "sympathetic resonance." It describes the phenomenon where a string vibrating at a certain octave will cause another string to resonate at the same octave. We are so united to Jesus that He identifies fully with our condition. What we are going through resonates with Him. "In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt. 25:40). On Thursday night Arden Hodgins preached on "Communion with God the Holy Spirit." There is a difference between "union" and "communion." Our union with the Holy Spirit is an act of sovereign grace. It is unending and unfluctuating. Our communion does fluctuate. He will withdraw His influences. Our appetites for Christ and the things will be decreased. One reason we give so little regard to the Holy Spirit is we are oblivious to Him - His person, His dignity, His character, His work, and His love. God's gracious communion with us as our triune God is our greatest blessing.

Our Association is continuing to grow each year. Eight churches were added this year. May God continue to bless these confessional churches as we labor together for the advancement of His Kingdom.

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