Lift Your Eyes Now by Jonathan Dow
Thank you so much for your presence in the life of Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. Your prayers, promotion, participation and gracious provision are being used by God to impact the lives of people across the country and in places around the globe.
In Genesis 13, God invited Abram to “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are – northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever… Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” (13:14-15, 17 NKJV)
Look From the Place Where You Are
I invite you to take a moment and think about your involvement in Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. Lift your eyes and look around you. Behind you is a 33 year legacy of equipping the local church to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit. We celebrate a rich heritage of ministry to churches, clergy, and individuals.
Beside you, God is raising up gifted and passionate co-laborers who are hungry to live like Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father. Throughout the year, team ministry is taking place within and beyond the United States.
Now look in front of you. Before all of us lies an opportunity. Much like Peter and John in Acts 3, Aldersgate Renewal Ministries been called to serve by extending an equipping hand to the local church in the name of Jesus Christ. God invites us to lift one another up and to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, fulfilling the commands to “go” in Matthew 28:18-20 and in Matthew 10:6-8. We are compelled by love and motivated by the potential impact on the world if every local church were witnessing, praying, worshiping and serving in the power of the Holy Spirit. God can turn the world upside down! (Acts 17:6).
Arise, Walk in the Land
The invitation God gave to Abram echoes through the generations to us today: “On your feet! Travel the length and breadth of the country, for I mean to give it to you.” (NJB) There are more than 33,000 United Methodist Churches just within the United States. I believe it is God’s heart that every local church be equipped to minister to the world in the power of the Holy Spirit. It is our privilege to walk in the land and fulfill the Ephesians 4:12 call to equip the saints for the work of ministry.
To walk the land in this season ahead will take our full participation: prayers, promotion and provision of resources. As we come to the close of 2011, I invite you to make an investment of yourself into the lives of those who will be touched by God through Aldersgate Renewal Ministries. Your year-end gift will do two things: it will assist in removing the balance on the ministry credit line which is at 88% of its capacity and will resource future equipping ministry.
For I Give it to You
ARM is unashamed to pursue what it means to live and minister in the fullness of the fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures indicate that we have not seen, nor heard all that God has prepared – but He is giving glimpses by His Holy Spirit. There’s still more! Let’s make this journey together and ask God to accomplish all of His purposes for Aldersgate Renewal Ministries.
Thank you for making a year-end gift. We are grateful for your generosity and for the privilege of partnership in ministry.