From the Pastor's Desk
Happy New Year!
Some years ago, a Washington State newspaper reported that the minister of a liberal church had begun a sermon series emphasizing that Jesus Christ was merely a man and not God. He said that the reason there is any controversy at all on this issue is because “there is always a bunch of people who say Jesus is God.” The minister suggested that Jesus was simply like any mere good man.
Unfortunately, that’s not new because there are many religions that affirm that Jesus is good, but they don’t accept Him as God. In most religious debate circles, the battle lines are often drawn between the full humanity and divinity of Christ; either they accept one or the other or neither. Julian the Apostate, emperor of Rome from A.D. 361–363, declared, “Jesus has now been celebrated about three hundred years; having done nothing in his lifetime worthy of fame, unless anyone thinks it a very great work to heal lame and blind people and exorcise demoniacs in villages of Bethsaida and Bethany.” But, the most troubling aspect of this chasm is that it’s not an exclusive idea; no, it is very much inclusive of those who are inherently religious.
Our aim this year at the New Mount Calvary Baptist Church is to center all of our teachings and ministry efforts in such a way that we avoid becoming casualties of what I like to call, “unacquainted theology,” which is an unfamiliarity with the Lord, Jesus Christ both scripturally and relationally. So, in order to combat this ever-present religious phenomenon that is sweeping through the body of Christ, we will focus through Scripture on “Knowing Jesus Better: The Man, His Message, and His Miracles” from John 17:3. We will look at the life of Jesus Christ and use that as the ultimate standard for how we live, our leadership philosophy, and ministry methods.
As a result of those teachings, beginning this month, we will launch our Vision 2022 Campaign, which is a faith initiative geared toward becoming a debt free church and breaking ground on a new life center. This will take a great deal of faith, sacrifice, and generosity from every member of NMCBC, but together, we can achieve this goal. I’m requesting that each member of NMCBC will ask God to consecrate their hearts, heads, and hands to bring an acceptable gift to the Lord on behalf of His Kingdom. You will hear more details regarding this initiative in the days ahead. My prayer is that you will join me in this wonderful Kingdom-advancing opportunity. I look forward to a banner year in the life of NMCBC, where we are, “Building Relationships One Day At A Time.” Grace and peace be unto you.
Rev. Christopher C. Moore