Shepherds’ Notes

A new year is upon us, and as we usher in 2023, we look forward to a good year and new opportunities.    The apostle Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (ESV).      What great advice for the new year!    Let’s not focus on the things that we may or may not have accomplished in the last year or so, and let’s not dwell on the failures.  Let’s focus on what we can accomplish this year and let’s press toward the prize.  

We have an abundance of opportunities to serve and to spread the gospel.  Murfreesboro is certainly growing, and we have a lot of new folks in our community that need the gospel and need a sound home congregation.   Just think of what we can be in 2023!

Another opportunity we have is to grow in knowledge of the scriptures, and in building each other up in Christ in 2023.     One of our first opportunities to do that will be on January 21 here at the church building.    Brother Dan Winkler will be speaking at our Men’s Leadership Day!    What an opportunity this will be for our men to hear a great gospel preacher present a series of lessons to us on what Bro. Winkler is calling Refine the Paradigm, Changing the Culture of your Congregation – Disciples making Disciples.      Men, please start off 2023 in the right direction and make plans to hear Bro. Winkler on this Saturday morning.      We will get started with a light breakfast at 7:30 and Bro. Winkler will speak to us from about 8:30 until about 10:30, with a couple of breaks between lessons.   The lessons are open to all men of the congregation, both young and old.   Please make plans to attend!