"Consider it pure joy (all joy, great joy), my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance (patience, endurance, steadfastness). 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature (perfect) and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).
James tells us that trials are beneficial and that suffering may be good for us; it can help us to become who we truly would like to be: mature, "perfect," complete and whole, not lacking anything (Ps 23:1). I pray that this may be the attitude we embrace as we begin the new year.
As we begin 2017 it may be good to express the Why, How and What of our church, West Loop Church:
- The WHY of West Loop is to always declare grace (Ac 20:24), rest (Mt 11:28) and freedom (Gal 5:1).
- The HOW is through Scripture (2 Tim 3:16) and life together (1 Jn 1:3), i.e. through Bible study and community.
- The WHAT is to give generously of our life, time and money--all of our resources (Dt 6:5; Lev 19:18; 2 Cor 5:15).