FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
As a new football season begins I am reminded that, as with many sports, a team effort is required. In order to win, many persons who have individual paths must commit to the same destination if they are to achieve success.
Our annual conference theme for this year, “We’re Better Together,” captures our understanding that we must work together to satisfy the vision to Grow a Christlike World
The Lord’s Prayer clarifies God’s plan through the teaching of Jesus Christ that we are to pray for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Paul expands on this understanding as he addressed the church in Corinth. In order to live out God’s plan for individual gifts we must understand that we are one body in Christ. No one person should suggest or behave as if their individual gifts are more important in the body of Christ than the gifts of anyone else.
It is a constant challenge to fight against our personal good for the common good. It is such a blessing to be a part of God’s creation. To live in the United States of America adds to that blessing. The United States is great for many reasons beginning with the adventurous and brave souls who fought for the individual rights of every citizen. It is entrepreneurship that allows for individuals to push the envelope with creativity and persistence to grow the economy and invent new ways for humanity to live the best life possible.
The point is this: the greatness of the United States is rooted in the fact that we are united. The Constitution of the United States begins with “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union …” Yes, our states have a uniqueness quickly observed by different dialects, weather, products etc., but our strength comes from the way we agree to work together.
Our South Georgia Annual Conference is known for the ways we share in helping others through missions. However, many of our accomplishments have come through individual pastors and congregations.
Why has it taken so long for our young annual conference to be united on building a Conference Center? There are many different explanations and surely you could probably add one more to the list. There are many individual projects raising more money for local church projects than all of us can raise as an annual conference for our conference center. The message is clear. It is not because we cannot but because we have not to this point.
I am deeply grateful to each person, congregation and foundation that has given money to build our Conference Center. Thank you so very much. Our individual accomplishments are great but it is our united accomplishments that will always be greater. The reason is because it is when we shoulder a goal together we will be able to acknowledge and give glory to God.
When our individualism grows into us working together, God will receive the praise and the glory. We the people will get there and what a glorious day it will be.
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Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.