Derek Osburn • Lead Pastor •

Derek Osburn • Lead Pastor •

The Elders and staff of The Vine are all reading the Book “I Am a Church Member”. Each week you will hear from a different staff member about how a certain chapter spoke to them. This week that would be me.

I wanted to share from Chapter 2 of the book entitled "I will be a Unifying Church Member". In church, it is so easy to disagree with each other and so hard to agree and get along. Yet that is exactly what builds up the church of Christ…getting along with one another. So in turn, the fastest way to destroy a church is through gossip.

Now, we all know that gossip is wrong, yet that never stopped anyone from doing it. It is such an addictive behavior for us as church members, to just begin talking about other people. Yet we do not realize the damage it is causing.

Let me get this out of the way…I have gossiped before. I will do it again. That does not make it right, nor does it make me feel good for doing it. We all have done it and will do it. We should help each other move past it and create an atmosphere of unity. Unity is vital to the health of our church and I know we all want to belong to a Healthy Church. We must all look for ways to be a source of unity within these walls and then take it out into our community.

I believe it would be a great idea to have a NO TOLERANCE for GOSSIP atmosphere in our church. So, when we hear it, we lovingly shut it down so it becomes common-place to not gossip. If we want our church to be a place of joy and unity, then we must all work together to be a church who doesn’t gossip.

We also need to be known for forgiveness. Why? Because forgiveness brings about unity.

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing” 

I want to share something with you. I want God’s forgiveness in my life. I need God’s forgiveness in my life. So, I am totally for granting forgiveness to others and also receiving it as well. I want us as a church to be completely unified and full of forgiveness, I pray we help each other do this.

Love you all,

Derek Osburn