The Pastor's Message

Constant Witness

 for you will be a witness for him [Christ] to everyone of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15, ESV)

Today I was encouraged as I read a devotional from Faith's Checkbook Devotional, by Charles Spurgeon entitled “A Constant Witness” from Acts 22:15.  I love Spurgeon's emphasis that there should be an eagerness to witness to all.  In light his this thought, I share the following definition of successful witnessing:


“Success in witnessing is constantly and eagerly taking the initiative to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results to God.”

First, our witness must be intentional.  We cannot wait till we feel like witnessing or till we feel we have it all together to witness before we take the initiative.  We all are on a journey, but we must be active in the process.

Secondly, our witness must be constant.  We cannot excuse ourselves by just witnessing when we feel like it.  If we go a period of time without sharing the hope of Christ that we have, then we are not pursuing closeness with God.  We are neglecting an important means of grace and will stunt our spiritual growth. 

Thirdly, our witness must be eager.  I know of no other discipline that has help me through my fight with temptation and has help me grow closer to God that witnessing.  Our eagerness comes from simply spending time with God.

Fourthly, our witness must be Christ-focused.  The Gospel is not about us and our experiences but about Christ and what he has done.  Our witness must end with Christ and an invitation to Christ. 

Fifthly, our witness must be dependent.  We cannot convert anyone.  We don’t know what to say all the time but the power to witness and to overcome our fear comes from the Holy Spirit who fills our hearts to do God’s will. 

Finally, our witness must be faithful.  We need to trust God to bring about any results.  God is the one who saves, not us.  From our witness, He can open someone’s heart and mind if he so chooses and at the perfect time. 

So in the end we witness successfully by just doing it.  It is not about getting a positive response all the time.  The only way we can fail at witnessing is by failing to witness. 

Pastor Glenn

 

 

Our Winter Bible Study

We will be having our winter Bible study from February 7-10th this year.  There will be 3 sessions on Sunday during our Bible Community time, Worship Service time, as well as an extra lunch session.  Again these sessions will last from 9am to 1:45 pm that Sunday    

Winter Bible Study: The Benefits

Providing a focused study of God’s Word is always a healthy practice for any church. Here are some of the benefits I expect our to experience:

   The church reasserts the priority of Bible study as a new year begins.

   Unchurched families may recognize through a short-term study the value of participating in an ongoing Bible study group.

   Transformation can occur in learners as they are drawn into a study of God’s Word.

   Winter Bible Study can encourage learners to become lifetime students of God’s Word.

   Members will find an additional source of strength as they enjoy hearing Keith Corrick (the DOM from the Potomac Association) teach us.

   Bible Community teachers and other Bible study leaders have an opportunity to be learners, giving them spiritual refreshment.

Here is our Schedule Starting Sunday February 7th

Ø  Sunday @ 9:00am - The Relationship Aspect of Ministry (2 Corinthians 1:1–2:13)

Ø  Sunday @ 10:30am - The Transformational Nature of Ministry (2 Corinthians 2:14–4:6)

Ø  Sunday @ 12:30 (after our lunch together)  - The Eternal Perspective of Ministry (2 Corinthians 4:7–5:10)

Ø  Monday @ 6:30pm - The Gospel Focus of Ministry (2 Corinthians 5:11–7:16)

Ø  Tuesday @ 6:30pm - The Financial Aspect of Ministry (2 Corinthians 8:1–9:15)

Ø  Wednesday @ 6:30pm - The Personal Challenges of Ministry (2 Corinthians 10:1–13:14)

Pastor Glenn