FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
The hope of every Christian should be growing a Christlike world. There is an obvious contrast between a Christlike world and a world filled with layers of hurt and disconnects of all sorts. “Growing a Christlike World” is not just a vision slogan pulled out the sky. Rather, it is the promise land of every believer revealed in the disciple’s prayer for the kingdom of God to come on earth as it is in heaven.
The values that we practice day in and day out give us a clear indication of what we believe as well as where we are headed. I have asked you to join the appointive cabinet and me in studying the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was clear about his vision. His vision was to see the walls of Jerusalem restored.
Resourceful people supported the vision!
Those who lived in Jerusalem began to own the vision!
Some laughed at him and then opposed him!
A smaller group just did not participate!
We know how the story ended. The vision was completed because Nehemiah turned to God in prayer and fasting. He developed a plan and convinced many that the destruction of Jerusalem was not pleasing to God and should not be acceptable to live in such demolished conditions for those who were believers.
What do you believe?
Does this vision – growing a Christlike world – represent your belief?
Would you say the same thing in a different way?
Do you have another vision all together?
Are you clear about the general direction of the Church, our Conference, the local church where you serve and your personal contribution to God’s plan for the world family?
I believe in a Christlike world. I have decided to follow Jesus. I believe that God so loved the world … I believe that Christian love is the greatest expression of God’s will in the whole wide world.
Let’s make this a Christlike year!
If you believe as I believe … let’s go!
What do you believe?
Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
James R. King, Jr.