It is with praise and thanks to God that we move into the second month of our 150th Anniversary Year. I want to take this time to thank all of our church’s servant leaders and members for helping to make our Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat a great success. We have made important steps toward the future that God has for us. These steps include the revision of our church bylaws, our Capital Campaign plans for the restoration of Fellowship House and the future development of our campus, plans for an endowment draw to support the viability of our church finances, and the presentation of our 150th Anniversary Plans.
As we move forward into the next season of our journey, God has given us a new vision for our life together as the people of God.
A New Vision For Mt. Zion
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into all truth. As the body of Christ and as individual believers, all of our actions should be directed by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ mandate to the church is to make disciples of all nations. This is the purpose of the church. The church must maintain as its priority – sharing the message of salvation with all.
God desires to be first in our affections and thus must be worshipped above all.
Jesus taught us that we would know the truth and the truth will make us free. As we study God’s Word, we are enabled to live our lives in alignment with the truth that we know.
God spoke through the prophet Malachi for the children of Israel to bring the full tithe into the storehouse and God gave this command with a promise…that God would open the windows of Heaven and pour down for God’s people an overflowing blessing. In order to receive the blessings that God has promised us, Mt. Zion must be a tithing church.
Jesus said He came to be a servant not to be served. So should His church have the mind of the servant and be committed to humbly serving God and God’s people.
God spoke through the prophet Micah, that we should do justly, love kindness and walk humbly with God. The church must be dedicated to correcting injustice wherever it is found.
If we remain faithful to this new vision, I believe that God will move us to new heights of worship, work and witness for the Kingdom of God.
With great expectation,