2009 Overview

 Yesterday in church, I laid out five areas that will be very important to us as a church. These won’t be the only things we focus on. But they are five key areas that will receive a good amount of attention. And so here for your reading pleasure, I am recapping these.

1. We are going to study what it means to love people like Jesus wants us to!
Jesus said over and over and over these words “love one another as I have loved you.” I can’t think of anything more profound than that for us to focus on. If love is the first base of operation for our church, everything else will fall into place. Love does take time, resources, patience, money, energy, and commitment. So it’s not a simple undertaking. But it must be a huge focus for us this year. It must be ingrained in us.
 

John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 15:17 “These things I command you, that you love one another.
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2. We are all going to graduate to another grade in our spiritual aptitude and depth

I believe many get too complacent in their walk with Christ. So we are going to jump start things and push everyone to step up their determination to build on their faith. One new wrinkle we are adding to our church is Wednesday night mini-classes. In January for instance, we are taking the third and fourth Wednesday nights to help people learn how to read their Bible and how to pray. Simple. But important. That’s a starting place for some people. Add. Build. 
 

3.  Those that are unchurched and unsaved will move to the front of our priority list
Jesus said in a parable of the lost sheep that he left the 99 and went after the 1 lost sheep. He didn’t say he abandoned the 99. And He didn’t say when He found the lost sheep that He killed it or beat it sold it. He brought it back to be folded in with the 99. Our church as to become a church where anyone can come home to. And we can’t reach lost people just because it’s a neat idea. We have to be a church that understands Jesus is still the answer for people today!
 4.  Kids and teens will be two areas that will get a lot of our attention and finances
Luke 19:10 “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

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Economically, it costs more money to reach adults for Christ than teens and children. And if we do a good job of developing great Christian character and devotion into our kids and teens, the chances of them straying from the faith diminish. So we must commit ourselves to building great kids and youth ministries. It will require manpower. It will require money. It will require prayer. It will require patience.
 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

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5.  We will get out of debt and be hilarious givers

We must get every person in our church out of debt. How can we give to the needs of others and tithe and build financial futures if we are all in debt. This will be a major focus in January as we push down debt.
 

Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
 
2 Cor 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
 
Malachi 3:10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

2 Peter 1:5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,   6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,   7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.   8 For if these things are yours and abound, [you will be] neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.   9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.
 
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
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3 Responses to 2009 Overview

  1. Yes, God loves a Cheerful Giver! For more ideas on cheerful giving, you may want to visit http://www.cheerfulgivers.org

  2. Because of Galatians 3:10 you cannot claim the blessings of Malachi 3:10. Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

    In order to claim the blessings of Malachi 3:10 you must obey every one of the hundreds of commands of the Law and that is impossible.

    Follow 2nd Cor 8:12-15 and be New Covenant.

  3. Mr. Kelly. Thanks for your response. I agree with you somewhat. But the principles of the Old Testament are still viable and valuable. I am not looking to debate the merits with you here in this forum. Suffice it to say, that under the new covenant, all I have is God’s. and all of it is at His disposal.

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