“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. . . Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. . . . If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Rom 12:10, 12-16, 18).
“Serve one another in love” (Gal 5:13).
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. . . Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. . . Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:2-3,29,32).
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant . . . Do everything without complaining or arguing” (Philip 2:3-7,14).
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly” (Col 3:12-16).
“Encourage one another and build each other up . . . . Live in peace with each other” (1 Thes 5:11,13).
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (Jms 1:19).
“Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing” (1 Pet 3:8-9).
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others” (1 Pet 4:8-10).
Throughout this new year, may we all be resolved to be more dedicated to Christ and to each other! I hope you have a joyful and blessed and purposeful year!
Always remember: Jesus Loves You and So Do I! - Pastor Jimmy
On-Line Resource for all Members!
Our church has enrolled in an online Bible Study Resource that will give us access to hundreds of video Bible studies by well-known and trusted teachers and preachers. The media portions of these studies can be accessed, streamed from your phone, pad, laptop, desktop, or TV, and used by individuals, couples, families, small groups, etc at NO COST to you. You may choose whether or not to purchase any supporting print materials that go along with the studies.
Studies are divided into the following categories: Youth, Adult Small Groups, Work, Family, Marriage, Men, Women, Bible Characters, and Video Illustrations. To check out the available studies, go to rightnowmedia.org. After clicking on the Login button in the upper right-hand corner, enter firstname.lastname@example.org in the Email Address box and then enter jimmy in the Password box. Under the Browse Media tab, click on the category you would like to view. Then click on the particular study you are interested in. To find out what print resources go along with the study, click on the orange button labeled Books, Workbooks, and Handouts. If you are interested in engaging in one of the studies, contact the pastor (458-5134) and he will add you as a user in the system. This is an excellent resource that offers unlimited topics of study.