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A New Year, an Improved Church part 2

January 13, 2010

The New Year brings one word over any other word to those who didn’t like how the previous year went: determination. New Year resolutions will not become a new year’s reality without determination. To be a better spouse, or parent, to lose weight, to read our Bible more, to floss twice a day – these things don’t just naturally happen overnight. There’s no potion to drink. It takes determination to make it happen. And it’s the same when improving the church. We won’t become the movement Jesus intended us to be without determination.

Now I thought that sense we are reminding ourselves of God’s purpose and setting new goals it would be good to study again Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonian church. Paul wrote the book of 1st Thessalonians to a group of people who were absolutely determined to make a difference in their part of the world for Christ.

1st Thessalonians 1:1-3 (NIV) Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice Paul describes the characteristics of a “Determined Church” right at the very beginning. He indicates they had a work that proceeded from their faith. They had a labor that was the result of their love. And they had an endurance that was the product of their hope in Christ Jesus.

Now if you look at those verses closely you see a familiar pattern; Faith, Love, and Hope. Most of the time we think of it as Faith, Hope, and Love as it is recorded in 1 Corinthians 13. But anywhere the world sees God’s people, the church, they should see, feel, experience faith, hope, and love. Loving God, loving people, and serving daily (NCC’s mission statement) means that we have faith in God, give others hope for this life, and share our love in serving Him and them.

Can you feel it? We’re changing to become more like Him with every act of faith, hope, and love! We’re becoming a determined church!

Zach

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January 13, 2010 - Posted by | Zach |

1 Comment »

  1. Another good thought…determined to put our faith in action!

    Comment by Amy Palitto | January 13, 2010 | Reply


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