Pastor’s Perspective December 2017
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18)
Hopewell, here we are again entering the final month of another year, and I know you would agree with me that we have had a challenging year. Yet God has proven Himself to be faithful in supplying all of our needs. We have endeavored to meet every challenge and have continued to walk by faith. However, as we approach the close of 2017, it is imperative that we finish strong and end well. Hopewell, I know our journey has been demanding and our duties great, but we must continue to passionately perseverance.
This was the message Paul gave to the Saints at Ephesus. Here, we are challenged to be always watching for reasons and opportunities to pray. Since the battle with Satan is ever raging, the Christian soldier cannot afford to give up on prayer. It is in Paul’s exhortation to persevere, which gives us inspiration. Perseverance suggests staying with it despite the odds. And this is my message to you; let us not faint, but be determined to fight one more round, to never quit, and keep it moving forward despite the difficulties. So, Hopewell, let us collectively draw deep from the reservoir of the Holy Spirit and conclude this year with tremendous tenacity.
Therefore, I want to encourage everyone to attend our annual Christmas play. Again, our Performing Arts Ministry has worked diligently to be a blessing to us, let us demonstrate our appreciation by being in attendance on December 8th. Also on the (16th) sixteenth we will have our annual Angel Tree Program. I want to thank everyone for supporting this life changing ministry by purchasing a gift or give a $20.00 donation. I also want to ask each of us to offer a special prayer for all the children.
Most importantly we will be celebrating the birth of our Savior on Monday, December 25th. As always, we will be gathering at 8:00am. And I’m asking everyone to bring a special monetary gift of $100.00 for this celebration. Remember, it’s not about us, it’s all about ‘’HIM.’’ Let us come with praise and thanksgiving in our hearts and on our lips as we celebrate the birth of Christ.
And finally, we will gather on the 31st of December at 9:30pm to celebrate our Watchnight Service. Let’s come with excitement and thanksgiving as we conclude the old year and commence the New Year with expectation and praise.
As always, I close my final Pastors Perspective message by asking you to continue to honor our unbroken covenant, to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Overcoming and Living in Complete Victory,
Pastor R. C. Stanley
It is our determination, with the aid of the Holy Spirit to display, demonstrate, and declare that Jesus Christ is Lord. Therefore, we are committed to the study of the Holy Scriptures, fervent prayer, and to letting our light shine before men that they may see our good works. We are also committed to evangelizing the lost and sharing the love of God to those who are both physically and spiritually deprived.
Why Hopewell? Our Church Covenant
Having been led, as we believe by the Spirit of God, to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, and on the profession of our faith, having been baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost, we do now in the presence of God, Angels, and this Assembly; most solemnly and joyfully enter into this covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian Love; to strive together for the advancement of this church, in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the gospel throughout all nations.
We engage to maintain family and secret devotion; to educate our children in the christian faith; to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our deportment; to avoid all tattling, backbiting, and excessive anger; to abstain from the sale and use of intoxicating drinks as a beverage, and to be zealous in our efforts to advance the kingdom of our Saviour.
We further engage to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress; to cultivate christian sympathy in feeling and courtesy in speech; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation, and mindful of rules of our Saviour, to seek it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we remove from this place, we will as soon as possible unite with some other church where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant and the principles of God’s word.