As we look back at 2020, our family church was indeed being strengthened. Despite the pandemic, God’s steadfastness never changed – He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Though we continue to long for better days, we know that God is at work and has a better plan in store for each of us and for our church family.
As we prayed and sought God for a new direction in 2021, the leaders at the Leaders Planning Camp felt very strongly that God was leading us to a greater faith in Him. We are to place our hope in Christ and adopt a posture of thankfulness and gratitude as a church family so as to continue experiencing God’s presence and power. My dear brothers and sisters, there’s much to be done to strengthen our family church. Together, we will continue to do so in 2021 by focusing on: Loving God, Uniting Generations, Transforming Communities
To begin strengthening our family church, our lives must first be deeply rooted in Christ. Love and obedience to God must form the base principle through which all our actions are birthed. We must love God with all our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind. Without this, all of our efforts will be meaningless. Scripture also encourages us in Romans 12 that a healthy family church must experience and embrace the different spiritual gifts and wisdom that each generation brings to the family. All generations must connect well – we should not behave as if the church exists for just one generation. Members from different generations are to learn from one another, engage with each other and communicate love in our speech and actions. To quote an example, it was extremely heartwarming to see many older members of our church come forward to volunteer as media crew in order to take our Worship Services and church activities online.
They had to learn the “how-tos” from the younger generation and even take “instruction” on how to direct and shoot. It was amazing to see how the generations connected through this shared mission – resolving and reaching across generations. Once our family church is strengthened through our faith in God, and through our love for God unite across all generations, we can then go forth to transform the community. A church leader once wrote, “our community is not so much interested in what we believe today, but in what the church is doing to transform the society and the world so that justice and peace may prevail.” How apt and wise this statement is! Today, our society seeks to attain a healthy and godly lifestyle. As salt and light of this earth, we can offer what they seek as we point them to Christ.