Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love

Dear Church Family,

As you know, we’ve been dealing with difficult topics in our current sermon series on Elephants in the Room. Last weekend’s sermon was about suicide, probably the most difficult topic we’ve dealt with so far. However, I’m reminded that, even in the difficult conversations, God offers grace and healing. 

Last weekend after worship, somebody came up to me and shared that his mom had committed suicide many years ago. This gentleman went on to say that, for a long time, he feared his mom was in hell, because he had been told (as many of us have) that is where victims of suicide automatically go. “My mom was a Christian,” he said, “who loved God with all she had and supported the church. But she also battled severe depression, which tragically led her to take her own life. I wanted to hold out hope that I would see my mom again, but I wasn’t sure until I heard the sermon.” During the sermon, we exposed the teaching that victims of suicide go to hell as toxic, harmful, and unsupported by Scripture. Indeed, while God NEVER wants us to commit suicide, Scripture teaches that NOTHING can ever separate us from God’s love, not even death, including death by suicide (Romans 8:38-39).

I share all this simply to remind us why these difficult conversations are necessary and important, and how God can use them to bring hope and healing. That said, I hope you’ll join us this weekend for a sermon on domestic violence and abuse.

By the way, if you’re interested in becoming a member of Community of Faith, don’t forget about the info session for church membership on Monday, February 11th. We’ll meet at 6:30 PM in the sanctuary for about an hour. You can sign up to attend by filling out a Connect Card this weekend and indicating on there that you’re interested in membership, or by emailing me at cjones@communityoffaith.org.

Have a great Friday, and I hope to see you soon.

Blessings,
Chris