In Matthew 6:10 Jesus prays, "Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." God is not slow in keeping His promises (2 Peter 3:9). God is running human history and everything that is happening in our world is right on schedule! So don't fret about world events. History is under God's control, past, present and future. God is still on the throne. A lesson Habakkuk had to learn and we must continually realize.
After spending considerable time brainstorming, discussing and praying your council 4 years ago determined 5 values or principles that are of supreme importance to us as a church.
Value: 1. A principle, standard or quality considered worthwhile or desirable, 2. Worth as measured in usefulness or importance, merit.
Being a “Christ-follower” is in our purpose statement and is more than just saying a prayer, raising your hand or coming forward in a worship service. Being a Christ-follower includes a lot more than that (see The Process of Salvation document). We “invite” Jesus to be our Savior and Lord. They are two peas in the same pod! We are saved “by grace, through faith, for good works” (Eph 2:8-10). There must be a change in behavior to be considered a Christ-follower. That change is found in Luke 9:23.
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Every now and then a church needs to ask the questions, “What’s our business?” and “How’s business?” Of course, the churches “business” is found in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We have taken the Great Commission and reworded it to reflect who we believe God has called us as a church. We call it our “purpose statement” and it’s written on the front of your bulletin every week. During the month of September we are going to “unpack” our vision and values and then answer the question, “How’s business?”
Paul easily could have ended his letter to Timothy concerning the church in Ephesus with the beautiful Doxology of verse 16. But instead he added a “one more thing” about a topic Scripture discusses abundantly. That subject is how to handle God’s riches. Remember, we are stewards of all that God has given us. Paul wants it to be clear that it’s not a sin to be rich, but it is a sin to misuse those riches, and that’s Paul’s “one more thing.”