December: LABOURING TOGETHER… till JESUS comes!

Another year is drawing to a close with a new one just over the horizon. This year I have tried to emphasize how important it is for us to work together as a church family, as well as to understand that we are in fact working with our Saviour (1 Corinthians 3:9). Our memory verse for the last month of 2016 is an encouragement to continue in our labour until we see our Lord.  “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love. Which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”  (Hebrews 6:10).


November: LABOURING TOGETHER… with thankful Hearts!

Our memory verse for the month of November does in fact, have to do with being thankful. It is found in the book of Revelation and reveals some of the thanksgiving of the heavenly creatures that surround the throne.


October: LABOURING TOGETHER… in reaching souls!

As we have considered the potential and power of God’s people working together with the Lord to accomplish His will this year, we cannot forget the importance of labouring to see men; women, boys and girls trust the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour. Our God has a love and concern for the souls of mankind. The Scriptures tell us that God is, “…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance…”  (2 Peter 3:9b). I think that most of you would acknowledge that it is real work to get the unsaved to Christ. The Psalmist gives us a prescription for reaching of those souls in this month’s memory verses. He says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.   He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him”  (Psalm 126: 5, 6). Read more…


September: LABOURING TOGETHER… to glorify Him!

Our memory verses for September deal with us as a church and more importantly us as individual Christians glorifying God. Our text comes from a passage that talks about the Christian’s millennial inheritance. Many a saved person has lost all their rewards because they did not understand the importance of living godly lives as followers of Christ (1Cor. 6:10-12 cp. 2 John 8). How do you gain a full reward as a Christian?  “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?    For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). Read more…


August: LABOURING TOGETHER… in encouraging others!

As we continue to look at our theme of “Labouring Together,” we have a verse before us this month that is often overlooked when it comes to doing the work of our Lord. It simply says, “Bear one another’s burden, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). The idea of this verse is one of encouraging each other. Much good is done to the cause of Christ by those who encourage the brethren. Are you an encourager or a discourager? Read more…


July: LABOURING TOGETHER… in doing good works!

Our memory verse for July comes from a very familiar passage but it is often over looked when the passage is quoted. Many Christians know and quote Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.   Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Sadly, it is at this point that most Christians quit quoting because they are satisfied that they have proved that they are saved by grace minus any works. While I agree with their doctrinal teaching I wish that they would quote the next verse too, to have a balance in their Christian lives. “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). Read more…


June: LABOURING TOGETHER… in reaching all men!

I have moved our Faith Promise Mission’s Conference to the month of June, in hope that more of our congregation will be able to be involved. Our memory verses for this month are Colossians 1:27, 28, which say, “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:   Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” Read more…


May: LABOURING TOGETHER… in the Scriptures!

This year we have stressed the importance of God’s people labouring together and I have been so blessed watching many of our folk take up this challenge. During our spring outreach program many people “Knocked their Neighborhoods” inviting their neighbors to our Resurrection musical.  In a little more than a month, we passed out over 5,000 invitations as a church family. We saw our attendance increase to sixty more people than we normally have on a Sunday morning.  Thank you church for “Labouring Together!” This month we continue this emphasis by considering what it means to labour in the Scriptures. Our memory verse says, “And these were more noble than those at Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” Acts 17:11. Read more…


April: LABOURING TOGETHER… in Prayers!

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Jesus Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”  – Colossians 4:12

 

Our theme for this year is “Labouring Together” and this month our focus is on labouring together in prayer.

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March: LABOURING TOGETHER… in Giving!

As we continue considering our 2016 theme, this month we look at the importance of our “Labouring Together” in our giving. Our memory verse comes from Acts 20:35 which is a part of Paul’s farewell sermon to the Ephesian elders. Paul in a few words expressed the important principles that these elders were to keep before God’s people. Among these wonderful truths Paul shares with us one of the lost sayings of our Lord’s public ministry, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

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