Pastor’s Perspective July 2018
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. (Psalm 133:3)
Hopewell, again I want to thank each of you for your support during the month of June. Your presence was truly encouraging and empowering. I thank God for the wonderful privilege to serve as your Pastor. As we enter the month of July, excitement is in the air. We will be celebrating seventy-two (72) years of effective ministry in the City of Pompano, as well as thanking God for the many souls added to the Body of Christ. We are thankful to God for Rev. D.V. Miller and our faithful founders, who came together in the spirit of Divine Unity and committed themselves to build this Great Ministry.
And as a result of their Faith in the Triune God and their fellowship with one another, they built a sure foundation upon which we stand today. It is this same Divine Unity that must exist among us as we continue to build the kingdom of God, eliminate our mortgage, as well as erect our Education and Banquet facilities.
Again, this year for our Church Anniversary Celebration, I want to challenge every member to give a minimum of Seventy-two ($72.00) dollars, one dollar for each year. This sacrificial gift will not only commemorate our founders but will also be used to restart our mortgage reduction campaign which was suspended in January. Thank You!
This year we are blessed to have my friend and prayer partner Pastor Brad Jones, Senior Pastor of CityChurch Pompano Beach. I’m expecting an awesome move of God as we receive a fresh message from an anointed Man of God. Hopewell, let us prepare to support and witness another great Church Anniversary Celebration!!!
Also, Hopewell we will be hosting The Congress of Christian Education, from July 16-20. I’m encouraging every member to take advantage of this opportunity to be blessed by the educational arm of the Florida East Coast Baptist Association. I want to thank those who will be serving in various capacities during this time of servitude; your labor is not in vain.
Hopewell as always, I ask you to honor our covenant agreement to follow me even as I follow Christ.
Progressing 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.