Key Scripture: Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
From the earliest days when my wife, Candi, and I heard about Richland Creek, we began to pray for all of you. The Lord has used those prayers to bind our hearts with yours and the ministry here. Some of the verses that the Lord has brought to us have been in Romans 15.
One of the verses from Romans 15 that speaks especially to the future of Richland Creek is verse 13. We all believe that Richland Creek has a bright and hopeful future. There are many reasons to believe this, but the primary reason for this hope comes from the God we serve. He is a God of BIG hope- not just for small plans and a future, but of abundant hope like the verse says.
The flow of the verse shows us that as we believe in God, he fills us by the power of the Holy Spirit to experience an unexplainable joy and peace. This joy and peace in turn enables us to abound in hope.
Since our God and the hope He gives is so big, we can rejoice, pray and dream big. We can rejoice as we worship a holy and mighty God. We can pray that our investments in others’ growth will produce radical disciples of Christ. We can dream that God will use Richland Creek to reach people for Christ in our area and throughout the world.
We unite with you in prayer in eager anticipation of the ways the Lord will use Richland Creek Community Church to take the gospel to the ends of the earth!
Questions to Consider: What do I base my hope for the future on? Are you experiencing a life full of joy and peace? If not, why? What big hopeful prayers are you praying for Richland Creek?
- Lord, Remind me that You are the God of hope and fill me so that I abound in that hope in my speech, thoughts and actions
- Fill me with all joy and peace as I believe in and trust You and Your sovereignty
- Fill me with the power of Your Spirit
- Use Richland Creek for Your glory throughout the world