Pastor’s Perspective November 2018
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)
Hopewell, Thanksgiving is in the air and we have so much to be thankful and grateful for. God has truly blessed us with His favor and in spite of our shortcomings God has proven himself to be Faithful. So let us enter this month with our hearts filled with goodwill and thanksgiving. First, let us thank God for our Divine shift that is designed to edify, encourage and enhance our fellowship and worship experience. I’m expecting God to move in a mighty way both in our worship service and Tuesday Christian Growth and Development Institute. Let each of us come in a spirit of expectation as we witness God do a new thing among us.
Secondly, let us thank God for our Military and for the sacrificial service they have rendered for our country. It is because of their service that we enjoy the security of knowing that our enemies cannot get to us without going through them. Major Johnson will be our speaker and we are anticipating a great blessing from the Lord. Therefore, let us be present on second Sunday as we appreciate and celebrate the contribution of our military to our country.
Thirdly, let us thank God for our annual Goodwill Thanksgiving Feast. I want to thank Min. Habersham and the Outreach Ministry members for their commitment and dedication each year. Because of their leadership, we have blessed many lives as well as led many to Christ. I also want to thank each auxiliary, ministry and member for your presence and support. Hopewell, we have been chosen by God again to serve our Brothers and Sisters as well as witness God transform the lives of many as we demonstrate His unconditional love.
So, as the psalmist David declared in Psalm 100, verse 4, let us with great excitement and expectation enter the Lords house with thanksgiving in our heart and into His presence with praise on our lips.
Again Hopewell, as always, I ask you to continue to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Progressing through Perseverance,
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.