New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Theme for 2022
“EMBRACING GOD’S DIVINE NATURE”
~scripture reference: 2 Peter 1: 3-8
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our human nature is tainted by sin and peppered with things like pride, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, impure thoughts, a lying tongue, a lazy spirit, etc. But God’s divine nature is holy, righteous, loving, forgiving, merciful, perfect, and so much more. When we crucify our human nature and obediently embrace God’s divine nature, it becomes noticeable in our lives as others see God working in us by faith and through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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, He has equipped us with everything we need to live a purposeful life and edify the body of Christ. 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 will abound in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. And as we strive to reflect His love and radiate His light, we will freely embrace His divine nature.