God has opened wide a door of opportunity for Bethany Church. The opportunity requires us to once again deploy our time, talents and treasure in taking back another part of the spiritual landscape in New England. I anticipate great things from God and am looking forward to attempting great things for God.
The call of God has sounded. A call that contains great and precious promises: the promise of His power, presence and provision; the promise of great victories. In addition, the call of God also carries within it great responsibilities. God’s call summons us to trust Him, to engage the world and to give of ourselves to make a difference.
As we embark on this new chapter, we will continue to draw upon our strong spiritual heritage. Bethany Church, for many generations, has maintained a Christ-centered focus and has displayed a generous spirit. The result: an ever-widening circle of blessing to those in our towns and region, spilling over to many places around the world. Today, once again, we are called to represent the Savior of the world in Kittery Point, Maine by spreading the light of His glory and goodness. I believe the future result will exceed all we can think or imagine!
ONE: One Mission, One Journey, One Church
We serve an audience of ONE: The One who came from the Father, full of grace and truth; The One who took on flesh and made his dwelling among us; The One who alone forgives sins; The One who is the way, the truth and the life; The One called Jesus.
He has called us to ONE MISSION: Disciples Making Disciples. Empowered by His Spirit, and armed with the truth that will stand forever, we have been commissioned: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
This will require that we dedicate ourselves to ONE JOURNEY: God has clarified the mission and He has clarified the journey. The journey begins when we cross the line of faith and grow in our love for God and neighbor. The journey continues as we impact the world for Jesus. As followers of Jesus, there is only one journey: Become a disciple and make disciples or as we say, Be One I Make One.
The journey is impossible unless we work together as ONE CHURCH. If we do, there is nothing that will prevail against us. But be assured, the enemy will attempt to prevent us from accomplishing the mission. The enemy will place obstacles along the journey. The enemy will employ a strategy designed to tear down, to divide, to destroy His church.
The time has come to demonstrate our allegiance to the ONE by embracing ONE MISSION, focusing on ONE JOURNEY, and moving as ONE CHURCH. As the people prepared themselves for a new day, Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5). May the same be true for us.
Joshua 10:42, “All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the Lord, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.”