After finishing our fall semester focusing on discovering how we can find our way back to God, what will our focus be as we start a new year and continue to seek to help each other live like Jesus?
2019 - Three Focuses
1) Mobilize our Church to Pray
The apostle Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to pray continually. (1 Thes 5:17) We want to be a praying a church. A church that is touching heaven’s heart together as we ask for heaven to come on earth.
Paul prayed this prayer for the Thessalonians, “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and everyone else.” (2 Thes 3:12) Let’s start there this year.
2) Share our Story
We have the best story in the world - the story of Jesus! It’s a story that added another amazing chapter when Jesus changed your life. In 2019, we are going to be aiming to help each other learn to share that story. It’s those stories that introduce hope, healing, and power into our world.
Paul asked the Thessalonians to pray this way, “That the message of the Lord (Jesus)… spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thes 3:1) More on this focus to come.
3) Love Those on the Edge
We all know people who are living on the edge - of our communities, their mental health, etc. People face some real difficult circumstances and challenges. This year, we want to be there to love, welcome, and care for these neighbors who may be living on the edge.
Paul told the Thessalonians to, “Encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thes 5:14)
Make the aim of 2019 to love those on the margins. Learn their name, listen to their story, offer an encouraging word… meet a need. Live Like Jesus.
May God’s grace abound to you as we start a new year. In Jesus’ name.
David W., Paul McFarthing, Jan Horjus