Nathan Klahsen
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As we reflect on this past year, we can’t help but feel the wave of emotions that come: There has been much change, with more to come.  There have been losses, and there have been blessings.  In all circumstances, we praise God for how he has been working in and amongst us, make us into a Christ-like people.  As we look to the future, we are excited about what God will do in and through us.  This year has been a year of transitions, change, and loss, but in all of this, we know that our God is a good God.  We can “show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9) So we continue to trust, praise, and proclaim the goodness of our Lord and Saviour as we move forward in trust, knowing that he is indeed good.  For we know “that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) Let us continue to stand in awe that He “sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption a sons.”  Our God is a great, good, glorious, magnificent, holy God who by his grace and mercy called us to himself.  Let us be a church family who boldly proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ, “That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) As we look to 2019, we aim to be a church family who are disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ.

Since September, we have seen the beginnings of a physical change to our building with the beginnings of our new cafe and accessible washroom, a slightly new look in our auditorium and lobby.  We also started a baptism class where we will see 4 people baptized with a second class being planned for the new year; begun a membership class with 25 people attending teaching on what the Bible talks about in regards to church membership.  As we reflect on this past year, we stand in awe of God’s goodness as he continues to provide, even as we faced hardships.  We do this because we have hope and he is working in and among us.  

As we look to the future, we are seeking to be obedient to God’s call on all of us to be disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ.  At the end of 2018, we began to look to 2019 we will look at what the Bible defines as a healthy church and whom we can continue to move in the direction of being a healthy church family.  As part of that series, we will look at evangelism with the help of organizations like The Cross Current to help train and take the stigma away from sharing our hope that is only found in Jesus Christ.  This is all to focus our efforts to be disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ. Over time, we will be moving our ministries into this direction with equipping us all to be obedient disciples who are growing closer to Christ and are calling others to follow our Lord and Saviour.  As we look at ministries, the question will be: how is this program, ministry, group, effectively moving people into a closer walk with Christ?  How are we being disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ? So as we look to 2019, we aim to be a church family who are disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ.  

We have been blessed to have missionaries give updates every month as we are encouraged to hear how God has been working throughout the world.  May this encourage us to be missionaries in our own communities and to walk across the road to the ends of the earth declaring the Good News of Jesus Christ. 

Pray with us that God may strengthen us in the gospel.  Draw us deeply into the glory of Christ.  Make us more and more impressed with Him this very day.  Cause us to grow in the gospel and walk in a manner worthy of it.  Pray that a culture of discipling would form in which making disciples is views as an ordinary part of the Christian life. Pray for our Deacons and pastoral staff as we seek to walk in a way worthy of the Gospel and shepherd the flock that God has entrusted to us.  Pray that we may be kept humble and understand our weaknesses and that we would be aware that our strength only comes from the Lord. Pray that we may have the wisdom to take the right step, to do the right thing in the right way, and to do nothing to cause the Gospel to be blamed. May we continue to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

There is a strong legacy at Knollwood of people who have faithfully proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, let us continue to be faithful to what God has called all of us to do.  Let us be disciples who are making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Continue to pray for our leadership as they continue to humble themselves before our holy God.  Pray that we will “be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” 

May God strengthen us “with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified me (us) to share in the inheritance of the saints of light.” (Colossians 1:9-12).  As we are a family that continues to centre ourselves around the Gospel of Jesus Christ, may we be united together, as a church, in love.  May we be a Bible-saturated church.  May God make us to be a thankful church with hearts captivated by him, a church thankful to God and for God.  May we be strengthened in the Gospel and drawn deeply into the glory of Christ.  May we prize and pursue God’s holiness that we may strive daily after holiness in our lives.