New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Theme for 2021
“THE BELIEVERS QUEST: TRAINING FOR REIGNING IN 2021”
(2 Tim 2: 11-15)
Scriptural reference --2 Tim 2: 11-15
11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
A believer is “one who gives credit to the truth of the scriptures, as a revelation from God; a Christian; one who receives Christ as his/her Savior, and accepts the way of salvation unfolded in the gospel.” A quest is “an intense, deliberate search for something.” As believers of Christ, it should be our quest to please God and follow His instructions for daily living. Furthermore, as believers, our quest should consist of being committed to Christ, being sold out in our service to the Lord, being awesome in our advancement of the kingdom and being passionate in pursuit of our purpose.
The passage of scripture that is aligned with our 2021 theme is the second epistle Paul wrote to Timothy in Rome. Situating it in context, the scope of this letter to Timothy relates to his personal conduct and behavior. Paul was encouraging Timothy to endure hardships as a good soldier, knowing there is a crown of life awaiting him in glory. He had to endure the ‘training” before the “reigning”. Like Timothy, we as spiritual soldiers must endure our hardships, trials or challenges for the cause of Christ. In so doing, we will receive a glorious reward. Yes, we have the blessed assurance that the reward we gain from our “training” here on earth is that one day we will reign with Christ in heaven. Now ain’t that good news!!
God has created each of us with a tailor-made spiritual purpose and endowed us with unique spiritual gifts. Through His divine sovereignty and provision, God has equipped us with everything we need to live a purpose-driven life and edify the body of Christ. So do not be discouraged by the training you must endure or the seemingly unbearable challenges you must face. Moreover, do not let the enemy derail you from your spiritual journey or dim your shining light. Remember, we have a charge to keep, a God to glorify and a spiritual purpose to fulfill. So the more we study God’s Word to show ourselves approved, the more we understand that God is training us to rule in this earthly life and preparing us to reign beside Him in the world to come.