Prayer during our time of transition
Our latest prayer update is attached. This will help you pray thoughtfully through our time of transition this year. Let’s lift this up to the Lord!
Upcoming Precept Bible Study Opportunity
1 CORINTHIANS - OVERCOMING DIVISIONS AND DIFFICULTIES IN THE BODY OF CHRIST …an on-line inductive Bible study using the Zoom format
Our next Precept Bible study groups starts this month! Here’s an outline of the study:
Why are there so many divisions in the church? Why does the church sometimes tolerate sin? Are you experiencing any of the same problems that the Corinthians did in your own relationships or in your church? If you have similar questions, this study is an important resource. Learn how to pray by knowing God’s mind and will on divisions. What does God say about marriage, divorce, remarriage? Tongues? Prophecy? Giving? Paul addresses these issues raised by Corinthian believers.
If we determine we are going to live according to the precepts set forth in this epistle, it will not only resolve and heal much personal heartache, it will make the church a body of believers to be reckoned with!
Available Classes for the 1 Corinthian study with date of orientation - NOTE: there will be only 1 orientation
Wednesday, January 26, 9:30 a.m. ZOOM (No orientation)
Wednesday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. ZOOM (No orientation)
Thursday, January 20, 9:30 a.m. ZOOM Orientation
For more details, or to sign up, please contact Ann Clark at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thought for the day: New Year’s Resolutions
And so we have begun a brand new year, and we’re still in the world of Covid restrictions. To be honest, last year turned out quite different than I’d expected. It had a mix of joys and sorrows, goals met and goals missed, opportunities and losses, Covid and everything else, but now it’s behind us. For many, New Year’s is just another holiday. For others like me it’s a time of deep reflection, both on the past year and on the one ahead.
For followers of Jesus, New Year’s has no unique significance. There’s no central biblical narrative informing our celebrations. But this doesn’t mean Christians shouldn’t pause and reflect on the turning of the calendar. Moses asked God: “Teach us to number our days, so we may get a heart of wisdom”. Time—seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, is a gift to us from a good God. To wisely follow him, then, is to redeem our time.
New Year’s can also remind us of the opportunity for new life. Each day with Jesus is a chance to turn the page on an old way of life and embrace a new one. We are, after all, new creation people, and we serve a King who renews us daily by the Holy Spirit.
Setting goals for a new year are an important sign that we’re intentional about glorifying God in our callings whether that is at work or in school, at home or at church.
Before we write out our goals, we should begin in the heart. The temptation for Christians is to make our plans and add a splash of Jesus on top, rather than allowing him to form in us the desires and motivations to do his work.
Whether or not we’re making concrete goals or more abstract ones, whether you’re writing down resolutions or foregoing them altogether, over the next several updates I’m going to share some steps we can take, as we move triumphantly through 2022, to draw closer to Jesus.
In His grip,