Pastor Joy’s Message

   “Now faith, hope, and love remain - these three things -
and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13, CEB)

In John Wesley’s sermon The Marks of the New
Birth, he outlines the three marks of the Christian life:
faith, hope, and love. The foundational mark is faith, which
is not just simple agreement with the statement “Jesus is the
Christ,” but is given by God and provides certainty of the
mercy of God through Jesus Christ. The result of this gift of
faith is power over both outward and inward sin. Another
fruit of the gift of faith is peace with God and the peace of
God which passes all understanding. A second mark of the
Christian life is hope. This hope bears witness to our spirit
that we are the children of God and gives comfort in our
afflictions. The third and greatest mark of the Christian life
is love of God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength.
The fruit of this mark is love of our neighbor, including our
enemies, those who persecute us, and those who dislike us, as
we love ourselves.  A second fruit of the mark of love of God
is universal obedience to God, conforming to God’s will,
obedience to God’s commands, and obedience of the heart and
life. The result of the mark of love is a desire to engage in
acts of mercy, such as feeding the hungry, visiting the sick,
caring for children, helping the poor, etc.

May faith, hope, and love abound in you now and always!

             Yours in Christ –

Pastor Joy

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Splendora, Texas 77372
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