Message From the Pastor

 

Dear Family of Faith,

Wow 2020! It seems to me that 2019 went by in a blur, if you are life me there are some things you didn't quite finish in 2019 and there are some new projects that you are eager to get started on in the New Year. The New Year does offer a new beginning, however, we are reminded by Scripture that every day with God is a new beginning. 2nd Cor. 5:17 says:

Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


What a joy to wake up in the morning in Christ and face each day as an opportunity to live for the Lord! We must ask ourselves what will my priorities be each day in the New Year? The followiing are some considerations:

Worship: Our Lord told the Samaritan women in John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Our Lord underscores the fact that worship should be a priority.

Evangelism: As he was about to depart from this world our Lord commanded us to proclaim the Gospel. He says to us in Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsover I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Brothers and sisters, we have relatives, neighbors, and friends that do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, we must decide to share the Gospel with them, reaching out to them with compassion.

Service: Christ as the head of the church has gifted each believer with spiritual gifts to be used in the context of His body particularly the local church (1st Cor. 12). We need to encourage one another to exercise our gifts for the edification of the body. There are many who labor in our midest who need our help.

These are just three considerations, we will find as the year progresse that the commands of Christ to worship, evangelize and to serve are impossible unless we abide in Him depending on his strength to love and serve beyond ourselves in the enablement of the Spirit. Our Lord has told us:

John 15:4-5 : Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Therefore, Brothers and Sisters, let us abide in Christ together as a family of faith and invite Christ to bring forth fruit in our lives for His glory in 2020.

Much Love in Christ,

Pastor Woody