Pastor’s Perspective August 2018
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (1 Corinthians 1:17)
Hopewell, I’m so grateful and thankful to God for the underserved privilege He has given Alene and me to serve as leaders of this great ministry. We are both humbled by this wonderful opportunity and have done everything within our power in these twenty-nine (29) years not to bring shame to His name or embarrassment to this faithful congregation. I want to thank every member, especially those members who have never wavered in their support during these twenty-nine (29) productive years.
As I consider all that God has allowed this ministry to accomplish, I was reminded of that moment of awe when God call me to serve in the gospel ministry. I heard the voice of God compelling me to read 1 Corinthians 1:17; a verse at that time, I had never read. And I read these words by the apostle Paul: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” It was quite clear that God was calling me to preach the gospel. And with personal apprehension, but unwavering confidence, I submitted to that call and committed to be faithful to that call. And here I am, thirty-three (33) years later still determined to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words, lest the cross would be made of none effect.
Hopewell, this personal call explains my passion for preaching and my confidence in the power of the almighty God. So Hopewell I solicit your continual prayer for me as I fulfill God’s call upon my life.
Once Again, I am excited to hear from our guest speakers Rev. Mark Lee, Dr. Oscar Chestnut, Dr. Eric Jones, Jr. and Rev. Andrew Jefferson. These anointed servants have been a great inspiration to Alene and I, as well as the entire congregation. It is my sincere prayer as always that God will abundantly bless them, their families and ministries.
Hopewell, The First Family thanks you in advance for all acts of love and kindness that will be displayed and demonstrated to us this month. And as always I humbly ask that you would continue to follow me as I follow Christ.
Progressing Through the Power of 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.