weekend is the second week of our program Fulfilling God’s Purpose! This week
we focus on the theme “Witnessing for Jesus.”
God’s plan for his people has
always been that we take responsibility for sharing the Gospel. Paul tells us, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors as
though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20). Knowing
that God “wants all men to be saved and
to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), we have a great
privilege and responsibility as Christ’s ambassadors. With the Holy Spirit working in and through us, we can faithfully
and boldly proclaim the Gospel to those around us.
Through Jesus, we know the
Father. Through Jesus, the Father has
come to us. Through Jesus, we have life everlasting in Heaven. This is the Good
News that we as Witnesses for Jesus will want to share.
Prayer: Dear Lord, grant us
passion and boldness to be the effective witnesses you want us to be. Place in
us compassion for others. Help others see your love within us. We pray that you
will bless our program Fulfilling God’s Purpose! In Your
precious name we pray. Amen.
Dear Lord, I pray for [child’s teacher]. Please guide him/her this year as he/she prepares to help my child learn. I pray that You would keep him/her healthy and clear of mind. I also pray that the kids in the class would have good behavior so that [teacher name] can focus on imparting knowledge. In the name of Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Our program Fulfilling God’s Purpose!
starts this week. Our theme for this week is “Building Relationships.”
through Christ can we live abundantly. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing. I have come that [you] might have
life, and have it to the full” (John 15:5; 10:10). You see, God created us
for a relationship with him, to be loved by him and to love him and others, to
be served by him, and to serve him by serving those around us. That
relationship was destroyed by our sin. Sin brings darkness to our souls; it
brings regret; it brings guilt; it brings shame. It hurts us and gets in the
way of our relationships with God and with one another. Our thinking becomes
distorted; it’s self-centered rather than God-centered. Our actions are contrary
to serving God and serving one another. We’re so filled with ourselves there is
no room for God in our lives.
world of darkness and regret, guilt and shame, God sent his son. He bridged the
gap between sinful people and our holy God. He makes it possible for us to have
a relationship with him … intimacy with him once and for all. Now we have it
all. We have been created with a purpose: to have a relationship, to love him,
and to serve him and enjoy fellowship with him.
We hope to
see you in worship and Bible study this Sunday as focus on the theme “Building
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father,
we pray that you will strengthen and nurture our relationship with you. Help us
always to depend on your wisdom and strength rather than on our own. Use us as
your instruments to share your love, grace, and mercy with others. In your
precious name we pray. Amen.
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