CLEVELAND, TN: As we enter 2017, the General Overseer of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee, Dr. Timothy M. Hill offered these comments:
“I wanted to take time today to wish our Church of God family and friends a blessed and prosperous New Year.
At this time each year, many of us make New Years’ resolutions – most of which we forget by the second or third week of January. We resolve to eat better, read our Bible more, spend more time with family and friends, and a host of other good intentions. The problem, though, is that life often gets in the way of our resolutions and we quickly revert to our normal routine.
This year I would like to encourage you to do more than make a New Years’ resolution. I would like to challenge you to make a New Years' commitment – a FINISH Commitment.
The FINISH Commitment is about fulfilling the commandment, often called the “Great Commission,” that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave us in Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
The FINISH Commitment is made up of six integral and vital components:
FIND the lost and disenfranchised
INTERCEDE and pray for a lost world
NETWORK with others to reach everyone
INVEST our resources in strategic partnerships
SEND disciples to all nations to share the Gospel, and
HARVEST a world of souls that are dying without a knowledge of Jesus Christ.
A great opportunity for you to participate in the FINISH Commitment will be to join with the Church of God International Offices family in a three-day revival, scheduled for Tuesday, January 10 through Thursday, January 12, 2017. This revival, entitled “Agree 17,” will include morning chapel services led by Dr. Mark Rutland and evening prayer meetings led by me and Dr. Doug Small, the International Prayer Coordinator for the Church of God. These services, beginning at 10:45 am EST and 7:15 pm EST, will be live streamed at www.churchofgod.org so that everyone can participate. As we come together in agreement and to intercede as a global church, I believe that we will hear from heaven and that God will begin to heal our land.
While you may want to make other resolutions this year, will you join with me and make a FINISH Commitment in 2017? Lost souls around the globe are desperately depending upon you.
May your New Year be blessed as we work together to fulfill the FINISH Commitment.”