As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt has suggested eight steps churches can take to prepare for the January 31 day of prayer, fasting and repentance for the SBC.
The goal is for the day or prayer is "for all of us to 'Be still and know that God is God' as a sign of our humility and desire to wholeheartedly return to Him," Hunt said. "By our being still before Him (see Psalm 46:10), we exalt our God and position ourselves to obey the Great Commission our Lord commanded in Matthew 28:18-20."
In a Dec. 9 Baptist Press column calling for the day of prayer, Hunt listed five specific concerns churches and individuals could focus on:
-- A spirit of repentance to fall on churches corporately and personally for individuals, and for genuine revival of first love for Jesus. (See Matthew 4:17; Revelation 2:4.)
-- A great spiritual awakening across our land so that the lost will be drawn to a
personal relationship with Jesus. (See John 6:44; Romans 1:19; 2 Corinthians 2:14.)
-- A sweet spirit of reconciliation among any Southern Baptists who are at odds with each other, or other works of God. Love for one another in the body of Christ to grow and blossom. (See Proverbs 28:13; 1 Corinthians 13:25-27; John 13:34-35.)
-- Wisdom for the members of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force as they prepare their report in February. (See Jeremiah 33:3; James 1:5.)
-- Guidance for the search committees for presidents of the Executive Committee, the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. (See Prov. 3:5-6, 13, 15:22, 27:17; Acts 1:21-26.)
How can we say thanks for God's grace?
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, I Corinthians 1:4,5
Great opportunities to help others seldom come,
but small ones surround us every day.
As we begin the first week of the new year, here are some prayer needs to share and upcoming announcements.
Ida D. has been struggling with illness.
Rex M. has also battled sickness this week and needs our prayers.
Jason Mc. is still recovering from surgery.
Anita B.'s grandfather passed away and her family will be traveling for the funeral.
Wednesday night will be the Family Meal and Prayer. At 6:00 PM we will gather in the fellowship hall for a meal together. Please bring a covered dish to share and enjoy some great food and fellowship. Following the meal there are activities for all ages.