Dear Beloved Center Church Family,
As we gather together today, on this special day of Independence, it is my honor and privilege to share with you a message of hope, gratitude, and renewed commitment to our faith in Jesus Christ. While we commemorate the birth of a nation founded on principles of freedom and liberty, let us never forget that our ultimate source of independence lies in our Savior, who has set us free from sin and given us eternal life.
In a world that often seeks independence through self-reliance and personal ambitions, we, as followers of Christ, have been called to embrace a different kind of independence – one that is Christ-centered. This means surrendering our lives to Him, acknowledging His Lordship over every aspect of our existence, and allowing His love and grace to guide our thoughts, words, and actions.
As we embark on this journey of Christ-centered independence, there are a few key principles I would like to emphasize:
Freedom through Surrender: True freedom is found when we surrender our lives to Jesus. It is in yielding our desires, ambitions, and fears to Him that we experience the fullness of His love and the freedom that comes from being united with Him. Let us trust in His perfect plan for our lives and find freedom in submitting to His will.
Independence from Sin: Through His sacrificial death and resurrection, Jesus has broken the chains of sin that once bound us. As we celebrate our nation's independence, let us also celebrate the freedom we have in Christ. He has granted us forgiveness, cleansing us from our past, and empowering us to live lives that are pleasing to God.
Unity in Christ: While our society often emphasizes individualism, as a church family, we are called to live in unity and love. Our independence in Christ does not mean isolation; rather, it calls us to be connected with one another, supporting and encouraging each other on this journey. Together, we can bear witness to the transforming power of Christ in our lives and impact our community with His love.
Sharing the Good News: Our independence in Christ is not meant to be hoarded but shared. As we celebrate the freedom we have received, let us also share the message of salvation with those who have yet to experience it. May our lives be a testimony of the hope and joy found in Christ, inviting others to embrace their own Christ-centered independence.
Today, as we join together to commemorate our nation's independence, let us remember that our ultimate allegiance lies with Jesus Christ. He is the One who has granted us true freedom, an independence that transcends borders and time. May we never take for granted the privilege and responsibility we have as followers of Christ to shine His light in a world that desperately needs it.
May God continue to bless our church family, our community, and our nation, as we seek to live out our faith with Christ-centered independence.
With heartfelt love and prayers,
Pastor Clark Ortiz