Embracing Wisdom in the 2024

"Navigating the New Year with Wisdom"

Joshua Kennedy, Issachar Church, Sheridan, IN 

As we embrace the new year, it's a time to reflect on the wisdom of 1 Chronicles 12:32, a scripture that has profoundly shaped the vision of Issachar Church. This verse speaks of the tribe of Issachar, who "understood the times and knew what Israel should do." Their insight and discernment are a guiding light for us as we navigate the complexities of our modern world with faith and purpose.

Understanding Our Times
In a world that's constantly changing, understanding the times we live in is crucial. This year, let's commit to seeking wisdom through God's Word, understanding the challenges and opportunities that lie before us. As we deepen our knowledge of the Scriptures, we gain insights into how to live effectively and righteously in our current context.

Simple Church, Profound Love
Our guiding principle, "Simple Church, Love God and Love People," reminds us of the fundamental truth of our faith. In a complex world, this simplicity is our anchor. Loving God and loving people is the essence of what it means to be a follower of Christ. This year, let's make these commandments the foundation of all our actions and decisions.

Worship as a Way of Life

Worship is our response to God's greatness and love. It's more than a weekly event; it's a lifestyle. As we journey through this year, let's find ways to incorporate worship into every aspect of our lives, acknowledging God's sovereignty and grace in both the mundane and the extraordinary moments.

  • Fostering Connections
The stage of "Connect" in our spiritual journey is about building relationships that reflect Christ's love. This year, let's strive to create a community where everyone feels valued and supported, a place where we can grow together in faith and friendship.

  • Serving with Purpose
"Serving" is an expression of our gratitude and faith. It's about using our gifts and resources to meet the needs of others and advance God's kingdom. This year, let's look for new ways to serve our community and church, remembering that every act of service, no matter how small, has eternal significance.

  • Discipleship: A Journey of Growth
Discipleship is about growing in our understanding of God and helping others to do the same. "Have life and Invite people to have life with you" encapsulates this beautifully. As we live out our faith, let's invite others to join us on this journey, sharing the hope and joy we find in Christ.

  • Embracing God's Direction
As we navigate this year, let's remember that our journey is not static. The cycle of "Worship, Connect, Serve, Disciple" is ongoing. Each step is an opportunity to grow closer to God and to each other, to make a difference in our world, and to live out the wisdom of 1 Chronicles 12:32.

Issachar Church: Discerning the Times, Acting with Wisdom
At Issachar Church, we are committed to understanding our times and knowing what to do, just as the sons of Issachar did. This year, let's seek God's wisdom in every area of our lives, trusting that He will guide us in our mission to love, serve, and disciple.

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