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Happy New Year

12.31.17 | by Keith Russell

Happy New Year

    IN JUST A FEW HOURS the curtain will fall on 2017. It will become a part of history. It will become a place of memories. IN JUST A FEW HOURS the curtain will rise on 2018. It will come with lots of opportunities. It will be welcomed with dreams and hopes. Ready or not, the page on the calendar is about to turn.

    2018 IS THE YEAR OF DISCIPLESHIP at Westside. Our theme verse is 2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” Next Sunday morning I will begin a series of messages on discipleship. It is my goal to be a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. What does that mean? How does that happen? I hope to answer those questions in the coming weeks.

    2018 IS FULL OF OPPORTUNITIES for us to impact people with the gospel. The church calendar is full of events that will share the gospel. There will be men’s events, women’s events, retreats, camps, mission trips, concerts, and much more. There will be special events like Vacation Bible School, Judgement House, the Jacksonville Christmas Celebration, and much more. There will be ongoing events like Connection Groups and Worship Services.

    2018 WILL BE OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW IT! It will only last 365 days. It will only last 52 weeks. It will only last 12 months. No matter how you say it, it will not last long. There are two places in the Bible (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5) where Paul encouraged his readers to “redeem the time”. The phrase literally means “to buy out the opportunity”. The message is that time is flying by quickly so you need to take advantage of every opportunity.

    2018 WILL SOON BE HERE. Let us all resolve, in the new year, to take advantage of every opportunity to become more like Jesus and impact as many people as possible with the gospel!