Happy New Year!
As you read this, 2015 is almost over and a brand new year is ready to begin. If you were in church last Sunday, you know that our speaking team took turns with the message about one thing we learned this year. My one thing was that time flies when you’re having fun. And it’s so true. When you are living out your calling with the sense of God working in and through you, every day is an adventure full of opportunities for making kingdom impact.
We finished the service of with a time of giving thanks to God for his faithfulness over the year and then Arlene and I offered a prayer for God’s blessing upon us as individuals, families and church in 2016.
So what about the coming year? What’s in store for all of us? Are there things left unfinished from this year that we hope to complete? Are we going to be surprised by new opportunities to influence people for Christ? Will our church experience unprecedented favour to expand our ministries into our community? Will miracles increase as confirming signs of the Holy Spirit at work?
I believe that all of these things are possibilities as we continue to grow together in unity and seek God with more confident expectation in his desire to use us. This could very well be the year for breakthroughs in things that we have been asking God for already.
One other question. Is this the year that Jesus returns to earth from heaven to set up his eternal kingdom completely? Based on what’s happening in our world on top of what’s already transpired, it could very well be that Jesus comes again soon. If it is, the implications are huge for us, aren’t they? We all need to be ready for him and we need to do everything we can to help others to get ready as well.
This Sunday I am going to speak more about both possibilities - the expansion of God at work in our lives and midst and the return of Christ sooner than later. I will be following this up by starting a series on Revelation the last Sunday of January. I believe that there is a lot of interest among us concerning what Jesus has to say about the last days and the end of all things as we know them.
Take some time over the next few days to pray and ask the Lord to prepare you and use you in greater ways this year. Come on Sunday ready to worship God with renewed passion along with a readiness to hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to you specifically. As always, I look forward to getting together with you for our weekly church family gathering.