Nov 032012
 

From the Pastor…

GOD has provided the vision for Abundant Joy Christian Fellowship.  He has charted the course for this Church to accomplish the mission and purpose that we were created for.

Our purpose is to equip the Saints to put on the whole Armor of GOD.  How will we accomplish the purpose? – By focusing our efforts and resources on Service, Training and Living

Service – GOD, Church, Community and others

Our service to GOD has to begin in the community that we live in.  We have to be willing to serve in the Church and in the community that we live in.    Our service for the Kingdom of GOD encompasses not only what we do in the Church, but what we do for others as well.  After all, serving others is equated to our service to JESUS CHRIST (see Matthew 25:31-46).  Our service needs to be more self-sacrificing and not self-serving, expecting to receive something in return.

Teaching – Bible Study and Church Training

This is a teaching ministry.  Our responsibility is to teach the living and true Word of GOD, when people want to hear it and when they don’t want to hear it, even when it’s convenient for them or us and not so convenient.  We can’t stop until all of us mature in the faith and the saving knowledge of JESUS CHRIST (see 2 Timothy 4:2-4).

Living – Discipleship and personal spiritual growth

We have to make a commitment to grow spiritually in our relationship with GOD.  We can do that by exhibiting inward and outward obedience to the Word of GOD (becoming living epistles and examples of Christ disciples).

Things to Remember about Accomplishing the Vision

  1. GOD’s role is to give the vision and to bring it to pass.  We have to be willing to wait on GOD, get out of HIS way and allow HIM to bring HIS vision to pass.
  2. The vision is set to come to pass at the time GOD has ordained and not before.  So no matter how much we try to help it along, wish it to come to pass or try to manipulate it to coming to pass, it won’t happen until GOD says so.
  3. We must maintain our faith in GOD.  It should be enough that GOD has promised to bless, but it’s not.  That’s why we must learn to trust GOD with our whole hearts and lean not to our own understanding of the way things should be done.   (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  4. We can never give up until we receive the promises of GOD.  No matter how long it takes, we have to be patient and wait on the LORD.  It is GOD who will reward us not according to our expectations, but beyond our wildest imaginations. (Ephesians 3:20)

Pastor Taylor