Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year Dares


Happy New Year to one and all.


Since I've been at Mount Hebron our Bible study group have been looking at a study in Philippians we titled 'Transformed by Joy" (The notes can be found here). The keynote of the letter is the word 'joy'. Paul finds joy in his relationship with the church and in his friends, but most of all finds deep joy through His relationship with God. A key verse is Chapter 4: Verse 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ 

At the start of a New Year many folk make resolutions. We concluded our study, not with resolutions, but a few 'dares'. Consider these 'New Year Dares' that evolved from our study. 
  • Dare we allow the Spirit of Christ to invade our lives with the joy perspective? 
  •  Dare we claim that even when outwardly things may seem chaotic, that because we are placing ourselves in God’s care, chaos can be infused with creativity?
  •  Dare we trust God beyond our worries and concerns? 
  •  Dare we throw ourselves into deeper service of our church and community, simply because we believe that we are loved and that the servant King, our Lord Jesus Christ can actually bring the Kingdom near through our little tasks and everyday random acts of faithfulness?
Being part of a faith community is always a challenge. Paul offers the perspective that challenges are things to rise to and joyfully embrace.  May 2015 be a year filled with joyful tasks that remind us of God's presence. May it be one in which we 'Dare Mighty Things' to the glory of God.

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