Our 2013 Vision of the year is "L.I.F.T” which stands for "Love-Inspire-Forgive-Thank". At Openwater we are being challenged to humble ourselves in order to be lifted up by God and at the same time ift others up in order to do great things in His name. This is based off of the New Testament statement by James found in James 4:10 that says,
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (NIV)
Learn to be loved by God and love others better every day.
Learn to be inspired by God and be an inspiration to others.
Learn to be forgiven by God and forgive others.
Learn to be thankful to God and thank others.
The Every Year Growth Challenge
Every year there are six spiritual habits necessary to in order to grow in your faith and experience freedom in your life. These habits are “practice for eternity”. You will learn to love God and love others better as you live out these six spiritual habits. Enjoy!
1-Consistently be in the Word of God through a daily quiet time.
In 2013, study the word of God through the filter of "The Four A's to Humility"
Aspire to know God.
Acknowledge your rank (God is first and you are second).
4-Consistently service others in and outside the church.
5-Consistently give to God through the church.
6-Consistently memorize the weekly verses.
2013 Memory Verses
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (NIV)
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." (NIV)
"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."
"Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children."
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart."
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
"Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity."
"Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom."
"And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
"For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."
"For all who are let by the Spirit of God are sons of God."
"A man's pride bring him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor." (NIV)
1 John 4:10
"This is real love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins." (NLT)
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (ESV)
"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (NLT)
"But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
"Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies."
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden."