Welcome to 2015! My prayer for you is that 2015 brings an abundant supply of blessing to you. Even in the midst of storms that are a normal part of life, I pray that you will see and feel the presence of God as He works in your life to make you more like Jesus. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those he foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son…” (Romans 8:28-29 NASB)
During 2015 we will focus much of what we do and much of what we ask God to do with us and through us around one word, AWAKEN. Romans 13:11 reminds us that we must prepare ourselves for the future: “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.” In addition Paul speaking to the Church at Corinth said: “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.” 1st Corinthians 15:34 NKJV
Would you be willing to awaken to righteousness this coming year? Would you be willing to increase your spiritual depth and avoid sinful living and habits? Would you be willing to introduce someone to Jesus since “some do not have the knowledge of God?” It is time for us to awaken to the needs within us and the needs around us and cause some changes to take place. Changed Lives Changing Our World is more than a slogan or a branding idea for Hilldale Baptist Church. It is our mission (Changing the World through and for Jesus Christ) and it is our means (the way Jesus changed us). Let’s wake up and do something with what God has given to us in Jesus Christ.
Start praying today for our Discover Church Sunday on February 8, 2015. We will be making a concerted effort to reach out to our community and reach in to those who are on our membership rolls but not attending. We want to welcome both groups to come to or come back to church and discover what God is doing at Hilldale Baptist Church.
Awakening to righteousness with you,