Church Theme for 2024
“Moving Forward in FAITH!”
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me?
speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. (Ex. 14:16)
Praise the Lord Saints!
We are excited as we anticipate the work of the Lord in a brand new year. Despite the challenges of the last few years, we enter 2024 with excitement, anticipation and a strong sense of moving forward in the work of the Lord. Thanks to each of you for your commitment and your passionate, heartfelt love for the work of God at Shield of Faith.
None of us know what the future holds. Those who are most prophetic may have a sense of things to come, but the secret things below to God according to Deuteronomy 29:29. It seems that we have begun to recovered from the recent pandemic, but none of us know if it or some worse things may emerge unexpectedly.
We know that we live in perilous times, a time of intensity and challenge. But we are now far more battle tested than we were in the early days of 2019 when the virus first emerged launching us into unfamiliar, worldwide challenges in the last few years, We should now be more confident in God and in His faithful people than ever before. We have been tested, tried and proven. We are a people who can endure catastrophe and continue to serve God faithfully. We may be a bit bent, but we are assuredly unbroken and now more ready than ever to move forward!
As we enter 2024, Bishop Marty and I are proud of the people of God who have endured through the most adverse circumstances [possible. It is important that we recognize that God’s people have always done their best work under the most difficult circumstances. Proverbs 24:10 declares, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Only those who are strong in faith have stood fast and shown their determination to serve the Lord under all circumstances, through the complexities of our church transition, through the threats of Covid illnesses and other attacks of satan over the past few years. Now God says to us, “It’s time to move forward in faith!”
No matter what happens, we will seize the opportunities of a new year, a new church building, a new neighborhood, a new city and a renewed vision of ministry. As we trust God, anything becomes possible. America needs great and strong churches to stand against the flood of evil which threatens the Christian foundations of our nation. Our families need us to be strong to provide the foundation upon which their lives can be built. The Lord needs us to continue to make ourselves available to Him and to shine as a light in an ever-darkening world. We will do great things for God in 2024. By faith we shall indeed move forward!