Happy New Year 2017! This time of year, many people look back and evaluate their life in the past year. It is also a great time to take a pause, and reflect how God has been with us during our journey.
Many upon reflection make a decision to make some changes or some new resolutions like try lose weight, or exercise more, or get out of financial debt, or read the Bible through in a year, or have personal devotions every day, or spend ___ minutes in prayer every morning.
As crazy as this may sound they are committed deeply to this cause. Which begs the question, what are you and I committed to this New Year? Our church’s mission is ” LOVING GOD… LOVING PEOPLE.. CONNECTING WITH OUR NEIGHBORS…MAKING DISCIPLES FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST”. What can God do with you and I to make a difference this New Year? How can we encourage those around us in some new and more meaningful ways in God’s love and grace?
Jesus calls us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to have a deep love for others that calls us to love our neighbor in new and transforming ways. As we look to 2017 a year of “SHOWING GOD’S LOVE” Our heart’s prayer is to allow Jesus love to shine through us individually and as a body brighter. (That’s where the new light house comes in). We just purchased a new light house as a reminder of how we are to shine God’s love all the time and everywhere we go!
Beginning in January we will start a new sermon series on Jesus teachings on the beatitudes called The End of Me. Have you ever come to the end of yourself? Maybe it was that day when your life changed forever. The day that you lost your job, or lost your love one, or you were told your health was deeply in trouble. In those moments, all the plans, dreams and ambitions you had for yourself came to a crashing halt. And you discover that all you have left is Jesus, and Jesus is all you really need!
Our sermon series will be based on the book by The End of Me, by Kyle Idleman. We will explore these difficult moments by looking at beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount focusing on a different teaching of Christ each week. We will look at real-life examples of people who have lived the upside-down life that Jesus describes. Only when you come to the end of yourself will you begin to be transformed into the whole, blessed person God made you to be. Looking forward to explore the blessed happy life Jesus desires for each of us to live!