What kind of people will we be in this new year and decade?
From infants on up, our church is blessed with people from every age and walk of life learning to grow in Christ together. We are committed to the gospel and to missions, to people and to family.
As we’ve discussed, this new year and decade begins with an election year, and the ugliness has already begun. Thankfully, in this last year, we have done a fantastic job of keeping our focus on the work God has called us to in our community and around the world. We are in a very good place, and we must remain diligent to keep political division out of our church.
The truth is, most Americans are very unhappy with where things are politically. This is an opportunity for the Church and her leaders to refocus on the biblical role of the Church in the world, which is not perfectly represented by any political party. We must remain committed to the central gospel message and put unity in the Body of Christ above partisan politics.
We represent Christ and His Kingdom first, which is built on the foundation of love and truth. As those who have been reconciled to a Holy God, we have been tasked with seeking peace and reconciliation with others as we live out the second great commandment of loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Remember, at all times a very lost world is watching us. They are watching our attitudes and actions as well as seeing and hearing what we post online and say in various settings. We have an opportunity to demonstrate Christlikeness right now in ways that are desperately needed.
My commitment, and that of our church leadership, is to keep Christ and His Kingdom first. We will continue to lead our church to act, rather than to react, according to Scripture and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Remember, the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit are “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
Posted on Fri, January 3, 2020
by Kim Hayes