Pastor’s Perspective February 2018
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)
Hopewell, I’m sure you would agree with me, we’ve had a power packed January. The Lord has truly blessed us with His manifested presence individually and collectively. I want to thank the entire congregation for demonstrating your determination to personally persevere. We are off to a great start to avoid potential bondage through the power of perseverance and to meet all the challenges of 2018.
As you know the month of February is very special for us as we reflect and celebrate our rich and resilient history. I want to encourage every member to participate and support all the activities planned to celebrate the richness of our history. I want to thank Sis. Lakay Wilkerson and The Black History Committee for their dedication and all the inspiring and enlightening presentations designed to increase our knowledge and appreciate our history. So as we come together, let us come inspired by the words of David in Psalm 133:1, realizing that unity should not only be Praised and recognized for its Power, but also for its Profitability. Therefore, as we come together in genuine unity, let us honor our sacrificial commitment to our Offering of Determination and Project Possible support.
Again, this year we are blessed to have Dr. Robert Smith Jr., Professor of Christian Preaching at Beeson Divinity School, as our Nations Celebration speaker. As you know, Dr. Smith always has a relevant word to empower us as a people as well as edifying us as believers. Also, on Feb. 24th, we will celebrate our church picnic which will be an opportunity for us to come together for Fun, Fellowship and Food. On fourth Sunday, we will close out our celebration with our Old Fashioned Day service, and as you know Dr. Leonard Wilson has transitioned to be with the Lord. Therefore, as our speaker, I have invited his son Elder Chester F. Davis, Pastor of The Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church in Port St. Joe, Florida. Hopewell, this will be a special service that will include a special memorial service for The Late Dr. Leonard Wilson. Please be present for this unique service. Hopewell let us maintain our high level of commitment and intentionality as we persevere in 2018.
And as always Hopewell, I remind you of our covenantal agreement, to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Progression 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.