On Vision Sunday, we contemplated God’s mission for the saved in Matthew 28:18-20. Our goal as a church is for each member to reach someone for Christ. Every person who made a commitment that morning is now begging God for their “one” to be convinced of their need for Christ. They are begging God for boldness, and seeking opportunities to teach about Jesus. If and when that person accepts Christ, every person who made a commitment on Vision Sunday is going to personally mentor the new Christian and help them understand the rest of the Great Commission: being baptized and observing all things that Christ commanded us. If you made a commitment on Vision Sunday, keep on praying, keep on witnessing, and keep on serving! If you were not with us on Vision Sunday, I urge you to join me and the great number of members that made a commitment that day. Won’t you consider committing to the Great Commission? Won’t you do all you can to reach someone for Christ, by teaching them of salvation and by teaching them how to follow Christ? Ask God to give you someone to win this year. Each one can reach one because Christ said “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.
January 5, 2016
Posted by: Pastor
Posted In: Standard
I love the new year. It brings an expectancy, a freshness, and a hope for new opportunities. A new year’s resolution is not a bad thing; if nothing else, it is an acknowledgement of a need in your life. Have you recognized that you need to work on your health or your professional situation? Have you determined to foster more relationships or improve certain key relationships? As you recognize needs and make plans to address them, please don’t leave out your greatest human need – Jesus Christ. If you have never been saved, I invite you to know Christ by contacting us or visiting the Our Savior page. If you are a child of God, what are your plans to grow in Christ this year? As you know, vague statements like “go to the gym more” don’t really pan out; neither does “go to church more” or “read my Bible more.” Make specific goals: “I will attend church three times a week in 2016.” “I will read my Bible for 15 minutes every morning before breakfast.” Growing in Christ is the greatest goal you could have, but like all worthy goals, it will take dedication to pursue that goal. The greatest aspect of such a worthy goal is that you are not “going it alone.” The grace that Christ gives is the power and ability to do God’s will. Christ will enable you to draw close to Him as He will draw closer to you (James 4:6-8). Also, like with other goals, ask someone or a group of people to be your accountability partners. Take every step possible to help you meet your goal of knowing Christ and showing Christ this year.
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