Pastor’s Perspective April 2018
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Hopewell, it is very evident that God is in our midst as we continue to live as Holy as sinners saved by Grace can live; in the words of Sis. Bostic “Holiness is Lofty, but It Is Attainable.” Let us hold up the blood stain banner for the Lord unapologetically.
Hopewell, this month I want us to focus on Trusting God, which is extremely significant in our relationship with Christ. It is clear from the words of Solomon that trusting God in every area of our life is essential to experiencing the abundant life. We are encouraged to give our total allegiance to the Lord and abandon all self-reliance and independence of God.
Hopewell, now is the time for us to put our trust in God and God alone. We are faced with difficult times where many are trusting in everything and everybody but God. But if we are going to Avoid Potential Bondage through the Power of Perseverance, it is imperative that we put our total trust in God.
So, this month let us trust God as we meet all our personal challenges and ecclesiastically obligations. I want to encourage everyone to participate in the exciting Millennial and Training Ground worship service on the Third Sunday. It promises to be a history making Service that you don’t want to miss. Also, we will celebrate our first Visionary Men of Valor and Virtuous Women of Victory service. The Men of Valor are fired up for Fourth Sunday and you don’t want to miss this powerful presentation from Hopewell’s Kingdom Men. And of course on Fifth Sunday, the Virtuous Women of Victory will saturate the atmosphere with anointed praise, worship and song.
Again, let us prepare to be blessed this month as we gather to give all glory and praise to our Almighty God, who does all things well.
As always Hopewell, I humbly ask you 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.