The technical definition of a goal is, “The purpose toward which an endeavor is directed.”
As the year 2017 nears its time to exit and the next calendar year arrives, the time is right to consider what purpose your congregation intends to serve in the future. What is your primary objective, or objectives?
First on the list of objectives for whatever the future brings is your collective effort to follow the inspired teaching of the Bible. God gave his word to all as a road map and blueprint.
The Psalmist wrote, “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: Thou hast holden my right hand. Thou wilt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory” (Psa. 73:23-24).
The righteous endeavor to be a local church that first is pleasing to the Lord, following his word as your pattern and blueprint requires several things. Here are a few that congregations will endeavor to accomplish.
1. Increase your power and financial ability in order to be more active and effective in spreading the gospel (1 Tim. 3:15).
2. Seek out and invite those who need to know the plan of salvation and what the Bible teaches about the church Jesus established “Go ye therefore unto the partings of the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage feast.” (Matt. 22:9).
3. Re-construct and improve on your current teaching work. Teaching is the foundation on which lives are strengthened in Christ. Jesus taught, “Jesus said all who learn his teaching are ‘like a man building a house, who digged and went deep, and laid a foundation upon the rock: and when a flood arose, the stream brake against that house, and could not shake it: because it had been well builded’” (Luke 6:48).
4. Encourage and exhort one another, and so much the more as we see the day approaching (Heb. 10:24). We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds congregations together as a local church. Nothing is worth hindering the gospel and brotherly love. “Let brotherly love continue” (Heb. 13:1)
What is your record for the goals set for the past year? Have you made much progress? As you put your faith in God’s guiding hand in the coming year, each of us ought to pray hard and long that 2018 will be a landmark year for all. ~ from www.vscoc.org/Bulletinfdr/bulletin_fodder.htm