Advent is the time of the year, which the
Church observe with anticipation of the
birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the
world. During this time of Advent
Christians prepare themselves spiritually to
welcome the King of kings. I would encourage all of us to develop a
new spiritual discipline that will help us grow as disciples of Jesus
Christ. In addition, during this time of year, some people start to set
goals for the new year and others make new year’s resolutions.
I consider myself in the category of those who set goals for
the New Year instead of making New Year’s resolutions. The ma-
jority of people who make new year’s resolutions quit doing their
resolutions by the end of January. One of popular resolutions is
exercising and eating healthy. As someone who try to exercise on a
regular basis, I experienced a flood of new comers at gym at the
beginning of the year, but buy February treadmills and other
workout machines would start to become available because many
people give up on their resolutions by the end of January.
As a congregation we should have one goal in common.
After preaching sermon series “A Church on the Move” I hope in
January we will be ready to launch our A2-46 Initiative. For those
who are homebound or who have not been with us for a while let
me explain what A2-46 is about. It is drawn from Acts 2:46-47 that
says, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple
courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad
and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the
people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were
being saved.” This is a kind of church we want to be.
We are planning to have life groups in every corner of
Charlotte where people would be kind enough to open their doors.
I would like to encourage everyone who is reading this newsletter to
be thinking of what will be your role in our Initiative of reaching
out to people in our communities. In helping us to start this Advent
Season with a solid spiritual foundation, I have provided a devotion
for Advent through the first week of January. I hope everyone of
you will have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year of 2019.