Theme for 2010
Seeking God's Heart in 2010
PASTOR TOM STIMPSON
I am told that the great football coach Vince Lombardi began every new season with a lecture to both the veterans and the rookies on the basics of football. He literally held up a football and said, "This is a football." He talked about its size and shape, how it can be kicked, carried, or passed. Then he took the team out onto the field and said, "This is a football field." He walked them around, describing the dimensions, the shape, the rules, and how the game is played. He did that every year -- even after the Green Bay Packers became NFL champs and then won the first two Super Bowls ever played. Can you imagine how "basic" and "fundamental" that must have sounded to his veteran players? And yet maybe that explains why Vince Lombardi was such a successful coach, because he began with the basics.
We can no longer assume that our congregation knows the fundamentals of the faith. We live in a society that is increasingly interested in spiritual things, but also a society that is increasingly ignorant of the basics of the Christian faith. The lack of understanding and practice of such fundamentals is all too evident in the shattered lives of believers, the powerless church, and the lost communities in which we serve.
When you read the book of Acts, you soon realize that the power of God was present with God’s people to enable them to accomplish His great plan or great commission. How could this group of uneducated, ordinary men accomplish what they did? They focused on the basics!
It’s time to renew, revive and rediscover the fundamentals of prayer, fasting and personal evangelism. In 2010, Solid Rock Church will focus on Seeking God’s Heart through the practice of prayer and fasting, individually and corporately. As a result, we will love God more intimately; love one another more responsibly; and develop burdened hearts that will compel us to reach lost souls for God. Will you be Seeking God’s Heart with me?
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. Acts 4:12-14