Rev. Jemiriye Fakunle First United Methodist Church -- Moweaqua, IL
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Hello Church Family, and welcome to the fourth week of 2023!
Yesterday we started looking at Workable Keys to Church Growth to help ourselves to see how God is inviting us to join Him where's at work in 2023. We examined 2 Kings 4:1-2 and saw that it's possible for a local church to decline even though its members are good Christian folks who love and serve the Lord The possible reason for this is that loving and serving the Lord is a relative categorization. So, we must have to examine ourselves constantly to ensure we're serving the Lord not according to our patterns but His. The story in our text shows us two keys we can start working with immediately: prayer and knowing and using what we have, even if it's a little jar of oil. Our little jar of oil might be our position of influence in the church, family, community, and among our friends; it may be a gift/talent or a God-giving passion; it may be the desire to give more of our time and resources to our church's ministry. Our action plan is to write down the names of people we know in our community who are yet to be Christians or Christians who are yet to find a church family. Our responsibility is to start praying for these individuals, identify a need or needs they may have, prayerfully discern how we might meet these needs, and graciously and constantly invite them to join us for worship with our church family. May the Lord help us to add work to our faith as we labor together to lift our congregation to greater heights in Jesus' name, AMEN!
In our Joys and Concerns - Let us continue to pray for one another, those trusting God for healing recovery, those on vacation, and all our snowbirds.
May our week be blessed!
Jemiriye Fakunle | Lead Pastor
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It is my pleasure to welcome you into the New Year. As the year begins to take shape, I would like to offer a few words for us to ponder. One of the emphases of Christ, as revealed in the Scriptures, is the call for those who follow Him to be the salt of the earth and be light to this dark world. One notable thing about salt and light is that each element has a distinct and outstanding effect on its surroundings. So, it's impossible to taste salt and not feel it, and whenever light comes, everyone knows because now, we can see things more clearly.
This Christians' way of being in the world is recorded in Matthew 5:13a and 14a: It simply says, "You are the salt of the earth. You are the Light of the world" (CEB). In these few words, Christ laid out the Christian life and responsibility. Everyone knows that salts serve the purposes of sweetening, penetrating, purifying, healing, and preserving. And that's what we are to be to the world, our families, and communities. This is vital. We live in an age where many Christians are allowing society to force them away from the way of being salt and light in a dark, decaying, and dying world. Some Christians have removed the idea of influencing others for Christ entirely from their lives. They are unconcerned about letting God use them to bring others into the saving knowledge of Christ. Yet to be present in this world, as Christians, is to be witnesses for Christ.
Friends, in the year 2023, let’s become a people sold out to Jesus completely. We need to remind ourselves that the salt-less Christian is good for nothing. In all we do and wherever we go in the new year, let’s ask the Lord to constantly make the aroma of Christ to ooze out of our lives like never before. Our presence, words, and actions must begin to point those within our circles to the Man Jesus, who died and rose again for the world's sins. In the ways we handle our challenges and how we celebrate our successes, we must be determined that Jesus must be honored, glorified, and preached through our lives.
May our light shine brightly for Jesus to the end that we and everyone within our circles may walk in the newness of life, hope, and refreshing in this year and beyond through Jesus Christ, our Lord, AMEN!
I call you blessed!
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