Pastor’s Perspective September 2017
And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry. (1 Tim. 1:12)
Hopewell let me begin by asking you to continue to pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. I am waiting to identify a congregation in the affected area we can assist. Please consider some none perishable items as well as clothing that you can give to those in need. We will also be receiving a monetary donation as well. We are told in (Gal. 6:10) As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Also Hopewell, as I write my perspective, I’m asking myself, where the time has gone. It seem like it was only yesterday Alene, Joshua, and I arrived to take the helm of this great ministry. As we enter this month that has been designated to celebrate the first family as usual we are overwhelmed by this wonderful privilege to serve this blessed Church. First, again let me borrow the words of the Apostle Paul in (1Tim.1:12) where he thanks Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled him, for that he counted him faithful putting him into the ministry. This is truly my testimony, and the Message Bible says it best; I am profoundly grateful to Christ Jesus for making me adequate to do this work. He went out on a limb, you know, in trusting me with this ministry.”
Hopewell, Alene and I for almost 28 years have been determined to do everything within our power and ability not to be an embarrassment to The Lord Jesus Christ as well as not bringing any shame to this great ministry. In spite of the challenges along the way, God has delivered us from them all and have continued to enlarge our territory. To God Be the Glory! Hopewell, the more precious gift or expression of love you can give to the first family is to participate and support all the Pastor’s Anniversary Committee has planned this month.
I also want to thank our guest speakers Rev. Mark Lee, Dr. Oscar Chestnut, Dr. Eric Jones Jr. and Rev. Andrew Jefferson for again, agreeing to be a blessing to us. It is my sincere prayer that God will abundantly bless them, their families and ministries.
Hopewell as we celebrate my 28th Pastoral Anniversary I ask you to continue following me 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.