Pastor’s Perspective May 2018
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. (Psalm 48:1)
Hopewell, we have had another power packed month of prayer, praise and proclamation. We witnessed a powerful move of God as the Training Ground and Millennial Ministry served together and brought a fresh worship experience to the Hopewell Family. I want to thank Bro. Joshua Stanley and the Millennial Ministry Committee for introducing this impactful service to the Congregation. Let us pray that this collaboration will continue to grow and be a blessing to Hopewell and the Body of Christ.
It is no secret that during this month we will celebrate the third High Holy Day of the year,” Mother’s Day”. We cannot thank God enough for our loving Mothers. And I am honored to provide leadership for so many Extraordinary Mothers, who exemplify God’s unconditional Love and supreme sacrifice. I also want to recognize and encourage those among us who did not have the privilege to know or be raised by their Mothers, yet God in His eternal love provided someone in your life to fill that void. Also, there are many of us who have Mothers that have transitioned, yet we find joy and encouragement in the precious memories we shared with our Mothers.
This is also the month when we celebrate the Jewels of our Congregation, The King and Queen Agers. Let us come expecting a powerful move of God as our Seniors reflect and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.
Hopewell, God has blessed many of us and has answered many of our prayers. Many doors have been opened, bodies healed, relationships restored, and He has met many of our personal needs. I am inspired by the words of the Psalmist, that God is Great and Greatly to be praise. Let us focus on the Greatness of our God and not the size of our problems.
So, as always, I ask that you continue to honor our covenant to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Progressing Through the Power of Perseverance,
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.