As we approach the final days of 2010, I’m so excited about the future of ONEchapel! 2011 will be a pivotal year in our growth and development as a church. Here are three ideas that will help shape the coming year:
Let’s start off the New Year by making a commitment to read the Bible through from cover to cover. This is a really good way for us all to connect as we journal on our own or discuss the passages we’re reading together. The Scriptures give us understanding, wisdom, and courage and they are the best source material for our prayers. We need to be a church that is both full of the Word of God and connected to one another. This commitment to read the Bible through in one year will encourage both! We will have each day’s reading available on our website www.onechapel.com as well as printed sheets to carry in your Bible. Let’s do this together!
TWO SUNDAY SERVICES
We’re gearing up for Sunday, January 9th when we will begin two identical church services at 9am and 11am. This will create room for growth and keep us all focused on bringing people to Christ and inviting others to church. Statistics tell us most people you know would go to church with you, at least once, if you would simply ask them. Let’s start this year by courageously and boldly praying for God to lead us to people who need Him!
THREE WEEKS OF PRAYER AND FASTING
As we move into the New Year, we are going to consecrate our lives to Christ with 21 days of focused prayer and fasting. We will have special times of prayer as well as a commitment to going without certain foods or activities as a way of making space, encouraging one another to “seek first the kingdom of God.” This is not a time where we try to get God to do things (He already wants to), but rather a time for becoming more sensitive to His plans and purposes for our lives, our city and our nation. We will be participating in this three-week prayer and fasting effort with many other churches around the nation. Here is a website where you can receive some training and encouragement along the way: www.awake21.org.
God wants to give us people who are ready to receive Him. The Harvest is ripe and I want every one of us at ONEchapel to dive in and be aggressive in our pursuit of God and the people who need Him!
Light up the world,
OPPORTUNITY FOR MINISTRY
P.S. We have three interns who have been a great blessing to ONEchapel over these first few months. We are currently looking for two home sponsors who would be willing to house one young man each, from January through May. This is a great opportunity to minister to these young men who are spending a year giving their time and energy to being trained at ONEchapel. If you’re at all interested, please contact Brent Parsley to inquire about the details at firstname.lastname@example.org.