There are many wonderful things about this time of the year and I hope that you were able to enjoy time with friends and family during the holidays. It is truly a blessing that most of us can slow down the pace a little bit at the end of December and catch our breath for a week or so.
However, that recharging the batteries doesn’t last very long! Soon enough it’s time to plunge headlong into a New Year and, ready or not…here we go!
2015 promises to be a great year for the family of God’s people here at Jersey Village, just as the past year has been. During the past 12 months, we have focused on ‘The Power of One’, our personal evangelism campaign, in which Each One was encouraged to Reach One. We asked our members to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow students and share Jesus with them. Additionally, we submitted names of those in our life who had not obeyed the gospel. On several occasions this past year we prayed for those names; that the Lord would open their hearts that they be receptive to the Word. In addition, over 250 copies of the evangelism book,The Muscle and the Shovel, were given out. The result of our work was that the Lord blessed our efforts and 20 new souls were added to the kingdom. What a great year it has been!
As we turn the page and head into a new year, we will face new challenges. This Sunday we will unveil the theme for 2015, taken from Psalm 119:107:“Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.” As the year unfolds, we will focus on a different topic each quarter as we strive for revival. During the 1st quarter of the year we will focus on a revival of sacrifice. In subsequent quarters we will look at reviving our spirit, our study and our service. During each of these quarters, we will look at how you and I can renew our commitment to the Lord as we seek to be fruitful servants in His kingdom.
The word “revive” is found 16 times in the Psalms, which makes perfect sense when you think about it. The Psalms are very personal songs and poems that speak to the Lord primarily in praise and in lament. We can easily identify with the psalmist as he pours at his soul to God and this is especially true during those times of deep reflection; when we look at our lives and feel so small and weak. Every Christian goes through periods where the world wears us down and we feel disconnected from God and ineffective in His kingdom. These are the times when we need renewal and recharging. This is when we need revival.
As the year rolls on, we are going to look at what God’s Word says about sacrifice, spirit, study and service. It is my desire that these studies will indeed revive us and encourage us to be the people that the Lord has called us to be: “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV).
2015 will surely offer us unique challenges. I am quite confident that the world will not become an easier place for Christians to live. I am positive that our society will become even more secular than it is today. I have no doubt that to stand firm in the Word and against the schemes of our adversary will not be any easier in the coming year than it was in previous years. However, I am 100% confident that if we commit ourselves to revival in 2015; if we seek His Word with regards to our sacrifice, our spirit, our study and our service, God will bless our efforts and He will bless our congregation.
My prayer is that we will be a shining city on a hill in 2015; that those in our community will take notice of our revival and seek to understand the Lord that has so richly blessed us.
May God bless us, use us and revive us in 2015!