Director of Missions
Faithful, Focused, and Fearless
As 2018 is just around the corner we proffer this theme for the New Year: Faithful, Focused, & Fearless. The Apostle Paul’s words to the church at Philippi were meant to encourage and instruct them as they faced adverse circumstances. He said, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the Gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which to them is a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation” Philippians 1:27. There will surely be adverse circumstances that confront us in the coming year, individually and collectively. We are admonished to “stand fast” in “one spirit” when these moments come. This faithfully standing fast can be absent from our lives and our churches. Yet, we are commanded by God to be steadfast and immovable: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58). This type of faithful standing will serve the church well in the New Year. Secondly, in the coming year we must be sharply focused ‘with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.’ Here in lies the secret to church revitalization for the stagnate or declining church and the proven recipe for the healthy church to continue exercising. In Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17 He said, “that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” When we are laser focused on being unified in the faith of the gospel then lives will be saved. People will see our unity in Christ and believe Jesus has come into the world, and many will be redeemed. We must remind ourselves how easy it is to wander away from this locus of truth. Thirdly, there must be an unwavering fearlessness in the Church that shines like the noon day sun. As the adversities of life roll over us like a great tide we must stand like that lone light house on the rocks. A beacon to the world that signifies joy to the world the Lord has come. Together in 2018 let us live out loud our Faithful, Focused and Fearless lives before a desperate and dying world.
Happy New Year,