Pastor’s Perspective January 2018
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Eph. 6:18)
Happy New Year!
Hopewell, we have set our sails to catch the full thrust of the Holy Spirit as we anticipate receiving the manifold blessings of God in 2018. As I declared on Watch Night, this is the year to Avoid Potential Bondage through the Power of Perseverance. This is the year for us to maintain a steady persistence in all that we set our hands and hearts to do in spite of any difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. Let us commit to demonstrating a spirit of stick to it, not for a few days, weeks, or months, but for the entire year.
While we do not know what this year will bring, we do know as long as we remain on the Good Path and do not look back, we will avoid all potential bondage. There are many adjustments and changes that will happen this year to enhance and empower us to be more impactful for the Kingdom. I want to encourage every member to purpose in their heart to attend our Annual Business Meeting on January 17th, so I can share the 2018 vision with you. Also, I’m asking every member to be in attendance for three (3) nights for our Call to Commitment and Perseverance Services. The Lord has blessed us with three (3) anointed and powerful speakers, Rev. Andrew Jefferson, Bishop A. J. Wright and Dr. Marcus Davidson. Please plan to be there.
Hopewell let us not halt between to opinions, if you have chosen the Good Path, you know it is a path that is directed by the Lord. Therefore, Let us follow his direction and avoid all potential bondage through the power of perseverance this year.
Again, Hopewell I ask you now more than ever before to honor our covenant to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Determined to Persevere,
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.