Song of Mary
Greetings and grace to you in the strong name of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
I trust that you and your family had wonderful Christmas celebrations and are looking to the new year. Let’s finish this year strong with our presence in worship this Lord’s Day. I know some may be traveling but if you home this Sunday you will want to come and worship with the Lord’s church and your people. This Sunday please welcome Adam Venable, our guest speaker. Adam is the RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) leader at UAB. He will conclude our year by focusing on the song of Mary from Luke 1:46-55.
On the first Sunday of the New Year we will begin a new series on the transforming nature of grace. The greatest need of the Church – and our church – is the gospel. It is so basic, yet so easily forgotten. So we are going to open the new year grounding our hearts and lives in the gospel “for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” One of the guiding passages for us is Titus 2:11-13a:
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ…”
Our community groups will begin a new study in January. If you are not currently involved in a small group, you will want to join one for this study; and if you part of a group, let me encourage you to commit to regularly participating in and praying for this study. Ligonier describes the study this way:
Knowing the time was fast approaching for Him to depart this world, Jesus spent His final hours with His closest friends. As the disciples sat with their master, unaware of what would soon take place, Jesus served them, taught them, and prayed for them.
In this 12-part teaching series, Lessons from the Upper Room, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson paints a vivid picture of the disciples’ final moments with their Savior. Carefully walking through John 13-17, Dr. Ferguson reminds us of the centrality of Christ in all of life.
I give thanks to God for you, my friends. Church planting is hard work and requires the sacrificial service of each one of us. I am thankful for your commitment to the Lord and your unselfish willingness to do whatever it takes to bring about the planting of a ‘gospel’ church. Church planting is not for everyone, but I am glad you are here for the establishing of a biblical church in our area. May the Lord be praised and may he continue to strengthen us for his glory.
Your leaders are praying for your family and we pray that you find the Lord’s grace to be sufficient this coming year. Grace and peace to you.
Love in Christ,