Pastor’s Perspective June 2018
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Hopewell, we have had another empowering and edifying month. God continues to manifest Himself in our midst and strengthen us through His Word. And in spite of the challenges that are common to our Christian journey we have progressed through the power of perseverance.
The words of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians are a strong warning to us not to rely on our own strength, but rather in the power of the Lord’s might. Therefore, let us not become weary in well doing; for we must now more than ever maintain our enthusiasm to faithfully serve the true and living God. So, as we enter the month of June I am anticipating an awesome move of God among us as we submit to His Will and Word.
This month we will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2018 and we are extremely blessed to have Dr. Patricia T. Carter, the widow of the late Dr. Mack King Carter and profound Assistant Professor at Florida Memorial University, as our speaker. Let us come expecting not only to be blessed by Dr. P. Carter, but also to support our Graduates with our presence and financial contribution.
Also, as you well know this is the month we celebrate the Faithful, Fabulous, and Fantastic Fathers in our congregation. I want to encourage all children along with their mothers to spare no expense in demonstrating your love and appreciation to your Fathers. Fathers Deserve it too!
Again, Hopewell, I ask you to continue our covenant agreement to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Progressing Through 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.