This first series of 2018 introduces the theme for the new year. Being intentional means living with purpose. In this season, we want to commit to being intentional as a church in everything we do so that we are most effective in reaching our community with the Gospel.
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:15-17
We also must be intentional if we are going to grow in our spiritual walk. Healthy people grow. If a newborn baby isn’t growing, we rush around to figure out why, but if a newborn Christian isn’t growing, we don’t always see it as a problem. We should do everything we can to grow spiritually and help others grow.
Two main parts of the series are subtitled, "Come & See" and "Intentional Prayer."
Come & See
"God is writing your now story as his masterpiece. Will you accept it or neglect it? Will you proclaim it or be ashamed of it?"
Jesus gave an invitation for people to come and see what he is all about. In fact, he said, "Come and you will see." We are called to extend that same invitation to others. We don’t need to "win people" to follow Jesus. We simply want people to take the step to come and see Jesus for themselves—experience him for themselves. When God has changed our lives, we want others to experience the same change.
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people” (Psalm 66:5).
This portion of the series focuses on this thought: Pray intentional prayers following the instructions from Jesus. Featured guest Tony Cooke will be with us during all services Sunday, February 4.
“Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13 NLT).
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.
"With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven
This eight-week series begins Sunday, January 7. We're looking forward to great times together!