I prayerfully ask you to engage yourself on the following introspective journey: Looking back at 2019, were you faithful to your responsibilities as servants of our Lord Jesus Christ? God expected us to give a portion of our income to His church; He expected us to fellowship with other believers; He expected us to communicate with Him through prayer; He expected us to live a holy life; and He expected us to serve Him by using the talents and gifts He has given us to build up the Kingdom. Did your love for God remain unmovable, and did your passion for service remain strong? Is there a need for something to change in order that you might become a faithful servant of Jesus? Is there somewhere in your life you sense a need for change and/or growth?
As your pastor, I prayerfully request your full support with regular church attendance, financial giving, church growth ministries, and an overall commitment to the weekly programs of our church. The Holy Spirit wants to work through us this year to make our church the place where believers can love one another (1John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrew 10:24), spur one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).
I thank you for your sacrificial financial contributions during 2019, and I am appealing to you for your continued support in 2020. Our stewardship is inspired by an acknowledgment of Psalmist’s claim, “The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1. That is absolutely true! It's why my approach to talking about money is not to focus on tithing, but to focus on lifestyle. What you do with every dollar says something about your view of God and what God means to you, and what you think your financial obligation to your church ought to be. Surely, giving in a regular, disciplined, generous way—up to and beyond the tithe—is simply good sense in view of the promises of God. "He who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully."2 Cor. 9:6
Next, I encourage you to love one another; forgive one another; and build your fellowship one with another during 2020. God has always intended for His people to have fellowship with each other in so much that He says that it is the very mark of identification of His people. I have found that the churches that are sincere with their love experience healthy growth. In a loving Church family many Christians who are timid, or not sure of their self, become strong servants of God. God sometimes allows conflicts in His church so that some people will mature in their walk with Christ. Here are some questions for contemplation:
- Where you are going with your faith?
- What you want to do differently in being a servant of God?
- How you can improve the quality of your relationship with your Heavenly Father?
- Are you struggling harder than ever before with the frustrations and complexities of life?
- How can you improve your relationships?
“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 thy royal throne.”
Your Pastor, Rev. Dr. Peter E. Grinion