Each year we choose a theme and memory verse for the church to consider throughout the year. Our theme is “USE THE TOOLS IN 2018.” Our memory verse is, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
We come to Jesus empty-handed and are saved by His grace. Our salvation motivates us to “do our best.” Our desire is “to present ourselves to God approved.” Capitalizing on the imagery of the “workman”, we are given tools from the Holy Spirit to use as sanctification takes place over the remainder of our lives in Christ. We seek to “correctly handle”, or cut a straight path, towards the truth revealed to us by God. “The word of truth” is, in a world of fake-news, the foundation for our lives.
The Holy Spirit uses disciple-makers to identify our tools and how to use them. Over the course of the year, we will talk about our tools and encourage each other to use them in order honor the God who saved us.
While we come to Jesus empty-handed, we don’t remain that way for long. We work for God now. He has laid out jobs for us to participate in. Let’s USE OUR TOOLS IN 2018!