The words of the Apostle Paul ring true as we begin a new year of ministry and work: “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Ephesians 5:15-16 NLT). It is incumbent upon us believers to approach each moment wisely and to redeem the time for Kingdom purposes. No opportunity should be squandered! We simply do not have the luxury to waste time since every moment potentially holds eternal significance.
Last year, we witnessed God doing some great things in our congregation. Specifically, He drew people to Him in salvation and in renewal. He ignited passion in people’s hearts. He sent us on mission around the world. He allowed us to prayerfully and financially support the ministry locally and globally. Even as we closed the year, we saw some tremendous worship moments and a generous giving spirit. (To date, we have exceeded our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goal with over $148,000!) How blessed we have been!
In 2018, I want to challenge you to continue to “Make It Count” for Christ. I firmly believe that God has purpose for you individually and for us collectively. Indeed, He wants to fulfill His plan in us and through us. As such, we have the incredible opportunity to make our lives count. Beginning this Sunday morning, we will shift our focus to how the Lord worked in David’s life and how He can transform our lives as well. I am beyond excited about how God is going to speak to us through this study!
Of course, we will also get back on track with our Sunday night and Wednesday night activities. Our Sunday Evening Worship Service will move to 6 p.m. in the Chapel; and on occasion, I will share the teaching responsibilities with other staff members and with some of our “up and coming” young ministers. Actually, I think this new setting/format will prove very beneficial to us. And Wednesday night services? I admit that they are some of my favorite times together. From intimate fellowship to children/youth activities to prayer time to Bible study, the Wednesday night schedule offers us all specific contexts to grow in our relationships. If you haven’t joined us lately on Sunday or Wednesday night, consider making an effort to gather with us for some powerful moments.
Finally, I recognize that some fresh, forceful winds are gusting in our midst, and I am praying that they blow us on His course. Do you feel that spiritual renewal stirring? New opportunities for short-term missions, for local engagement, and for disciple-making events are on the horizon! I especially look forward to announcing some significant moves for the Temple family during the month of January. This is going be an extraordinary year; and as for me and my house, we have committed to making it count for Him! Are you with me? Will you covenant with me to make it count? I hope so! Because He is worth it! And He will see His purpose accomplished in us! See you Sunday!