Happy New Year 2017 to you and your loved ones from Bethel Gospel Centre!
Every New Year should begin with an attitude of praise and gratitude in anticipation of wonderful events ahead. We can join our voices with the Psalmist who declares in Chapter 103:1-5
With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I praise his holy name! With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been. The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads. Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle. (CEV)
Every year comes with its unique opportunities and challenges. Opportunities to develop new relationships, to do things differently, to set new goals, and most importantly to examine how we live in the past year. There isn't nothing that can't be improved upon. Take a conscious decision to improve on yourself.
For us at BGC, this is a significant year. We'll be launching in the second quarter of this year by God's grace. There are expectations to be met before we can have a full fledge ministry activities running. Details of the announcement would be made available at a later date. We have commenced our initial local connections and outreaches. In the last quarter of 2016, we had two major events through which we introduced our ministry to the community. Those who want to know more about our ministry have been meeting with us. Our interactions with other Christian bodies have been growing and we anticipate greater manifestation of God's glory this year.
Let me leave you with some thoughts as we kickstart the year 2017.
- POSITION YOURSELF FOR A BETTER YEAR. Your positioning determines what you see, what becomes of your goals, deams and what you eventually become.
- LIVE WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY. Human beings are created to be responsible.Take yourself accountable this year or if you like, give trusted persons around you the permission to hold you accountable. One known attribute of the weak and undetermined is blaming others for their failures.
- Think of ONE THING THAT MUST CHANGE in your life now and BE COMMITTED TO IT. A catalogue of New Year's resolutions that could be forgotten before January ends would not help.
Recognise that only God makes all things possible. We can trust God and His promises as we go through this year. He will never fail. May you have the courage to walk in the fullness of God's blessings and plans for your life this year. May your accomplishments be great in every way. Shalom!
(Pastor) Titus S. Olorunnisola
BGC Lead Pastor