Pastor’s Perspective November 2017
Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)
Hopewell, as we enter the month of November we are reminded of the reasons we are to be thankful. Not only has God saved us and sustained us, but He has ministered to our needs, maintained our health and managed our wealth. And for this we all should be grateful and thankful.
As you know this month we will celebrate our annual Goodwill Thanksgiving Feast. I want to thank Min. Habersham and the outreach ministry members for their commitment and dedication each year to making this celebration a blessing for us and our special guest. I also want to thank each auxiliary and ministry for your support as well as every member. Hopewell, we have been chosen by God again to serve our Brothers and Sisters as well as witness God transform many lives as we demonstrate His unfathomable love.
Notice that Paul tells the church in Philippians of the power of prayer in relationship to Thanksgiving. Here we are told that Thanksgiving looks back to past answers to prayer and gives thanks because God has worked in a similar situation before. Therefore, we are to be thankful for what God has done and will do.
So, as we minister and share the love of God to our guests through prayer, praise and proclamation let us set an atmosphere of thanksgiving that will declare the Goodness of our God.
Also, I want to encourage every member to attend every Sunday this month, it is very important that we examine our commitment to things God has assigned us to be stewards over. Please Plan to be Present.
Hopewell, as always I humbly ask that you continue 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.