The elder ministry team will be meeting on Saturday February 2nd for a day of seeking God and looking forward to what He has planned for us. Your prayers for God’s people at South Lebanon Community Church, the elder team and those in our community who do not yet know Jesus Christ are greatly appreciated. We desire to be His people on His mission to Lift up the name of Jesus and to proclaim His glory to every neighbor, everywhere.
The start of a new year is a time when we often reflect on the year past and the look forward to the year ahead. As we do this as South Lebanon Community Church, there are two basic truths that we would do well to remember – God is good and God is great. The elder ministry team encourages you to spend time reflecting on the goodness of our God in 2018 and to consider the greatness of our God as we look forward to 2019.
God is good – we have experienced God’s faithfulness throughout 2018 and we are deeply grateful for what God has done and all that God is.
- for God’s constant faithfulness in every circumstance, through every twist and turn that we encounter (Jeremiah 17:7, Lamentations 3:22-26, Deuteronomy 31:6)
- for God’s lavish goodness seen in so many ways, from the gift of new life to the celebration of a life that will continue into eternity (Psalm 27:13-14, Psalm 100)
- for God’s generous grace that is far greater than our sins and shortcomings (Romans 5:20-21, Titus 2:11, Exodus 34:6-7)
- for God’s blessed peace and unity in the Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27, Philippians 4:6-7, Philippians 2:1-2)
- for God’s phenomenal love that knows no borders and reaches out to us wherever we are (Psalm 36:5, I John 3:1)
God is great – nothing is too difficult for the Almighty One who created the heavens and earth by the breath of His mouth (Psalm 33:6)
Increase our faith and love, we pray, in 2019. By your Holy Spirit, grant that in 2019 we might share in and bear witness to:
- Your living hope that will not disappoint (I Peter 1:3-4, Romans 5:5)
- Your everlasting truth that brings light and conquers darkness (John 1:1-14, Psalm 36:9, John 12:46)
- Your glorious promise of salvation that is able to rescue anyone who believes in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23, II Peter 3:9, Ephesians 2:1-10)
- Your phenomenal love that invites all to come and receive life in Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17, Romans 8:31-39, Romans 5:6-8)
Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too difficult for me? (Jeremiah 32:27)
And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or imagine, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. (Psalm 37:4-5)
More verses regarding the greatness of our God and His ability to do the ‘impossible’: II Samuel 7:22, Mark 10:23-29, Luke 1:34-38, Mark 9:14-29