Greetings to you all in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord and Savior. The New Year has arrived and we should be thankful to be alive. New Year certainly brings lots of excitement, but also challenges, and reminders of our loved ones who left us last year to be with Jesus.
I extend my wishes that the New Year be filled with faith, hope, love, joy, good health and prosperity for all of us. It is in God that we hope. “Know therefore that the Lord your God is the faithful God who keeps his covenant and love with those who love him and keeps his statute for a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). An amplified version would read, “All our hope is in God’s faithfulness and He will keep His promises to His people: pardon them, deliver them, cleanse them, and when that time comes-give them rest in His kingdom.”
Looking back at the year in review, have we remained faithful to the proclamation of God’s word? Have we veered off the narrow path? Has our love for God remained unmovable, and our passion for evangelism remains strong? Surely, our Bible study has been maintained by the faithful who came together on Wednesday mornings and our Saturday morning prayer meeting remains steady. God has been the ever-constant sustainer and provider for our church and we have never been without our basic necessities to do ministry. Praise God!
Don’t overlook the blessings that the new year brings. What is your vision for the New Year? We need to grow our congregation numerically. God needs us for various kinds of ministries this year. The big questions are, “How does your life’s schedule fit into all of this?” “What needs to change for you in order to become a faithful servant of Jesus during 2019?” “Where in your life do you sense a need for change and growth?”
My first appeal for you is to allow God to affirm the positive things in your life and change what needs changing (2 Cor. 5:17). We are all a work in progress and we all grow in Christ at different rates. However, my prayer is that God’s intervention in our lives will manifest itself in our love for Jesus, regular church attendance, evangelistic efforts, financial giving, and an overall commitment to the weekly programs of our church.
With respect to evangelistic efforts, I encourage you to reach out to your family members, co-workers, neighbors, and friends through Facebook, WhatsApp, Texting, Viber, Hike, Line, Snapchat, WeChat or any other social media platforms at your disposal with weekly invitations to attend an event at our church. Share with them what is presently happening in worship, starting with heartfelt singing and a message from God’s Word every Sunday. The verse of the hymn below is my prayer for 2019 and I strongly urge you to make it your prayer too.
“Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to Thee,
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.”
-- Yours truly,
Rev. Dr. Peter E. Grinion, Pastor