Memory Verse for 2016
â€œSo the churchâ€¦had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multipliedâ€ (Acts 9:31)
Gratitude that Jesus is our Exalted King and Mediator (1:2-4; 2:25-36; 3:13,26; 10:38-42): Lord Jesus, thank you that you were â€œtaken upâ€ for your people (1:2), exalted as king (2:33-34), to serve as Mediator, and to empower us by your Holy Spirit. Fill us with your Spirit (4:8,31b; 5:32; 7:55).
Empowered by His Spirit for Obedience: Lord Jesus, we recognize our great need of your Spiritâ€™s empowerment in order to live as your servants in this world. Fill us with your Spirit, and let us be faithful (1:4-5,8; 5:5b,11; 11:23-24).
Power in the Preaching of Word: Lord Jesus, grant power to your Minister of the Word, and to our teachers, and bring transformation and growth in us and in our world (2:42-43; 4:4,20,31b; 5:42; 6:4,7,10; 8:4,25,35; 9:27; 10:44; 11:20-21; 12:24).
Faithful in Prayer: Lord Jesus, let us be faithful to pray daily with great expectancy (2:42; 4:24-31; 10:4,31; 12:12).
Joy: Lord Jesus, fill us with your Spiritual joy! (Luke 24:52-53; 8:8,39; 11:18).
Expectancy of Jesusâ€™s Return: Lord Jesus, help us to be looking for your return (1:11).
Confidence, Boldness and Strong Faith in Tribulation: Lord Jesus, though we suffer, let us be confident, bold and full of faith in the face of tribulations (4:8,13,19-20; 5:29; 6:8a; 7:55).
Unity and Warm Fellowship: Lord Jesus, grant us a deeper understanding of our unity and union with you by your Spirit, and to enjoy warm and close fellowship as your servants (2:42-47; 4:32-33; 11:1,23-24).
Generosity: Lord Jesus, make us generous and recognize our unity as the Body of Christ (2:44-47; 4:32-35; 10:4,31; 11:29).
Growth: Lord Jesus, grant us spiritual and numerical growth this year as a congregation and denomination (2:41,47; 5:14,42; 6:7b; 9:31; 11:1,20-21; 12:24).
Guidance: Lord Jesus, guide us by your perfect will this year (1:24).