Pastor’s Perspective June 2017
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: (Psalm 92:1)
Hopewell, we have so much to be thankful to God for, He has continued to manifest Himself in our midst and empowered us through His Word. I want to thank every member for your determination to overcome and live in complete victory. In spite of the normal challenges that we all face, we have not wavered in our commitment to be faithful to the things of God. Hopewell, I must thank you again for your faithfulness in fulfilling your commitment to our mortgage reduction campaign. Because of your unwavering determination, prayerfully we will reduce our mortgage by a Million dollars by February 2018. “To God Be the Glory.”
As we enter the month of June my expectations are just as optimistic for what God is going to do in our midst. This month we will celebrate the graduation of the class of 2017 and we are blessed to have Dr. Craig Saddler, principle of Markham Elementary as our speaker. Let us prepare to support our Graduates with our presence and financial support. Also, as you know this is the month we will celebrate the Fabulous Fathers in our congregation. As a father, I asked that our children and their mothers extend the same love and appreciation to our Fathers as was extended to our Mothers on Mother’s Day. “Thank you Very Much.”
Then following our fantastic Father’s Day celebration, we will be blessed with our Family Life Conference and God has blessed us with an outstanding group of Preachers and Presenters. I want to ask every member to commit to being in attendance each evening, as well as inviting a guest to join us. A special gift will be given to the member who invites the most guest each night. So let us get excited about coming together to witness our families, marriages, singles and youth receive instructions that will assist them to overcome and live in complete victory. Therefore, Hopewell, let us prepare to experience a power packed month of recognition, celebration, and inspiration as we give thanks to our almighty God.
Again, Hopewell I ask that you continue our covenant agreement 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.