Pastor’s Perspective September 2017
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
Hopewell, again you have demonstrated your love and appreciation for the First Family in spite of Hurricane Irma and Sunday’s torrential rain. Alene, Kimberly, Joshua and I were extremely encouraged by the intentional and willing acts of kindness that were shown as well as the sacrificial gifts that were given to us. We are humbled and honored to serve as your leaders and will continue to do all we can, not to bring shame to our God or this great ministry.
Hopewell as we enter the month of October, I want to ask every member to support the Women’s Ministry Annual Walk-a-thon for Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness on October 14th. Even if you are unable to walk, please be a sponsor for someone like ME, who will be walking. THANK YOU!
Also, as I return to the pulpit, I’m very optimistic and excited about what God is going to do as we come to the close of this year. This month I want to focus and empower us in the area of our faith. Many of us are dealing with our own challenges, difficulties, despairs, sicknesses, and spiritual battles. And it is important for us to be prepared for our faith to be tested. The Apostle John makes it clear that those who are born of God have victory to overcome the world through our faith. So let us prepare and anticipate confronting and conquering all our challenges through our fortified faith.
Hopewell, as we commence our 29th year of leadership, again I ask you to honor our covenant to follow me even 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.