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Welcome to the New Year. Here at Fresh Hope we are very excited for the New Year. Post 2014, we came away from Minister’s Awakening with a renewed sense of focus and clarity with respect to the future of this Movement along with the need to embrace our future together for the cause of God’s Kingdom.
We have been strategically thinking about 2050 and deliberately asking ourselves: What will we steward now in readiness to hand over to future generations?
In light of this, we have decided to launch a theme for each year to help us focus together and create momentum and impetus for the future. Our 2015 theme is..
‘The Adventurous Spirit: Context, Creativity and Courage’
I love how Paul reminds the Corinthian church of their hope and focus on Jesus.
“God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 The Message).
How we view life depends on our ‘world-view’ or ‘mindset’. Here, Scripture reminds us that God is Sovereign and He beckons us forth on this journey of life: – a spiritual adventure. Whilst our flesh might be weak, our spirit resonates with God’s spirit and we grow in our faith and our desire to help others discover life in Jesus.
I wonder what it would mean for your church to embrace ‘a spirit of adventure’ into your programming for the year?
We have determined that being adventurous is different from being reckless. A sense of adventure means to prepare to venture forth into new frontiers and opportunities. We’ll talk more about this throughout the year, but in the meantime, you might like to encourage your leaders to prayerfully consider what it means for your church to be adventurous during 2015.
I’m sure that Jesus never called the disciples to simply sit in the synagogue for three years. He invited them to engage together with broader communities as they worked out their faith in the great outdoors.
May this year be a year of change, of courage and of conviction for all of our churches as we seek to proclaim the good news of Jesus and His Kingdom.
Dr Andrew Ball
Executive Ministry Director