As many of you know I am a huge sports fan. On Monday night, we had quite a few men at the church to watch the NCAA National Football Championship, and congrats to the Florida State Seminoles, and Jameis Winston for being the first freshmen to win the Heisman and National Championship. Also it looks like the fact remains for AFC football that the road to the Super Bowl is through the Patriots. Looking forward to a few more weeks of great football!
This week we dove into the second week of our series Believe, as we discover what is God’s vision and purpose for our lives and this season. (Click for notes) The major thought we highlighted from Matthew 16:13-19 was this: “When you know who God is, you will know who you are.” Upon Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Christ, Jesus immediately speaks to Peter’s Identity, and Purpose. We see this is a common theme, where there is an encounter with God, one’s identity and purpose is revealed. As you enter into this new year, I pray that you are able to embrace God’s vision for your life.
Acts 2: 42 “they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Devoted Partnership, Daily Progress, and Divine Power were three characteristics that made the 1st century church unique, and successful. Devoted Partnership highlighted Christ-centered fellowship through prayer, study of the word, sharing of goods, and food. This year one of my focuses is to invest in the meaningful relationships the Lord has orchestrated in my life. Most my friends are Christians, and are striving grow closer to Christ, and walk in Spirit of God. However I noticed that we very seldom pray together. We talk about the Lord, and even scriptures, but we very seldom worship and pray together outside of church. Well I am convinced that the Lord desires to see more Divine Partnership in our day to day lives with one another. It is one thing to have dinner with friends; it is another thing to earnestly pray with and for friends. This past weekend Cherelle, Chloe, and I had the opportunity to share in this wonderful gift with a few special couples in our lives. It is amazing what prayer can do! James 5: 16 says “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” If want to see things changed in your life, in your family’s lives, and in your friends lives pray with one another. Overcome the awkwardness of turning your living room, kitchen, and home into a sanctuary. Turn off the TV, turn on the worship music. Spend some time in the presence, & go before the Lord in prayer, and watch Him meet needs that you didn’t even know others had! Are you willing to pray with friends and family? Maybe you are already doing this, and this is just a reminder and encouragement to keep pressing!