I end the last Grapevine of the year with a proverb.
As we journey through this life - through the easy times and the painful times - God is fashioning us into people who are like his Son, Jesus. That means God is in the process of changing what we desire far more than he is in the process of giving us what we desire. -Charles Stanley.
I can’t say that 2020 is a year that I would want to repeat, but it’s a year our whole world has gone through. Too many lives have been lost, and too many people have been through a very tough time. I don’t understand the year 2020, but I do know that God can take this craziness and turn it into a blessing. Whatever 2021 brings us, we can go forward, actually, we must, we have no choice. My church family, I want to take this opportunity to make our new year a blessed year. Whatever challenges are in front of us, let’s journey through it together.
There are three spiritual challenges I would like all of us to take this year. The first. #1. Read the entire Bible. There is no getting around this. We can’t rely on others for our own relationship with God. It starts with the Holy Word. We have added a plan into the Grapevine, and will email you a pdf to download and print off. This will allow us to read the entire Bible in a year. If you have never done it before, I think it’s a great practice of spiritual discipline. Once the Words are imprinted in your mind, it’s “always” in there. The second. #2. Be part of a church group. Coming to church every week has been made difficult because of the virus. I know some are coming to church, but many are not. Even though we can’t come to church. Let’s covenant to make coming together a priority. If we can’t come to church, maybe in small groups, and if isolation is necessary, through Zoom, FaceTime, or even good ole fashion phone call. Teresa Lyons and Deana Vice are starting up a small group at church. Peggy Horne has a prayer group on Zoom. If we need more ways, let’s do it! Let us not forget to come together as a people. The third. #3. Find a mission in the church. If God has planted a desire in your hearts, let’s act upon it. If you want to do something, but don’t know what, come and see me, and let’s discuss options. The church needs you. God needs you. We don’t have to do “great” things, we just have to do what God asks us to do, no matter how great or small. I hope church life will be a fulfilling part of your life.
2021 is here, and whatever it holds for us, let’s go forward. Let’s challenge ourselves, let’s grow, let’s become the people God wants and needs. May the Lord bless you richly in the brand new year. One year closer to the Day of our Lord.
Connected to the Vine
Sermon Title: All Together, 1,2,3.