Another year is upon us and it is time to share with you our plans for observing this year’s Prayer Emphasis during the month of May. I am excited to do so, because I believe that this year’s theme is one that will impact all of us for the good of the kingdom.
A few months ago the Lord brought to my attention the apostle Paul’s words in Colossians 2:13-14 about the role of the cross in our lives. The impact of the cross cannot be underestimated. Hear Paul’s words:
And you … God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
As a result of Christ’s work on the cross, we are set free to live our lives fully unto him and the agenda of the kingdom of God. The impact of the cross is at the heart of this year’s Prayer Emphasis theme, which is “Meet Me at the Cross.”
During the month of May, we will focus on exactly what it means to experience the impact of the cross through the reading of blog posts on the subject provided by members of the ACGC staff, sample sermons on various biblical texts that emphasize some aspect of the Bible’s teaching on the cross (written by AC pastors) and weekly bulletin inserts that will guide all of us to think about the impact of the cross in our lives.
The climatic event during the month will be held on May 22, 2016, when we will encourage pastors to preach on the impact of the cross in the morning service (using their own text of choice) and conduct a worship celebration at 6 p.m., which we are calling a “Meet Me at the Cross” Celebration.
One of the really exciting features of this year’s program and the Meet Me at the Cross Celebration on May 22, is our attempt to have Advent Christians around the world celebrating together at 6 p.m., no matter where they are in the world. I have included with this mailing a chart created by Jeff Walsh that will visually explain how this will happen and shows how there could almost be a 24-hour concert of prayer across the globe. This will truly be an amazing time for us as we come together to celebrate the goodness of God.
I would suggest that you begin now to make this a wonderful time for your church body by organizing a team of people to plan out the details of the Prayer Emphasis material. If you have any questions, we would encourage you to contact our office at any time.
This is going to be a great experience for all of us as we come together to examine our lives before the Lord and to consider the impact of the cross on our ministry together. Please join with Advent Christians everywhere as we celebrate God’s blessings through the cross.
Until then, be faithful in all things and Meet Me at the Cross!
Dr. Thomas S. Warren II
Director of Nurture