Welcome to 2017!!!
I am so excited about what this year will bring for each individual and for us as a church family!
The beginning of each new year gives us the opportunity to reflect and reset. We reflect on the previous year and think about where we have been, things we have done or not done, goals we have met or still need to meet, and more. In our reflection some of us are proud of what we have accomplished while others are not so proud. Whatever the case, the new year presses the reset button on all of our lives, individually and corporately.
As we reset, let us make up in our minds that our 2017 will be better than our past. This will not be because the Lord alone works things out in our lives and in the church, but it will be because we become co-workers with God to accomplish wonderful things!
Paul makes this point to the people in Ephesus and to us on today when he says in his doxology, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Notice how the “immeasurably more,” or as the King James Version says, “exceedingly abundantly” occurs through “the power at work in us.” In other words, we can expect “immeasurably more” when we are open to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to govern our thoughts, be our guide, strengthen us for the task, and stop us when operating in our flesh.
Thus we begin this year with the sermon series:
God desires greatness for each of us. God has great ideas toward each of us. God has purposed greatness to be a hallmark for your life. The problem is that many of us never live into that reality. This sermon series talks about the “why” people do not live into that reality and offers practical guidance on “how” you can live into the greatness God has for you.
Here is a sneak peak as to the why: Many people do not think God loves them that much. Guess what? God does!
Bring your family, friends, co-workers, yourself! Every Sunday in January and learn how you can live with Great Expectations!