Dr Charles McMillian - Elder
Edwin Davis Jr - Elder
Samuell Pounds - Host Minister
A MESSAGE FROM OUR HOST MINISTER
Welcome to the 76th Annual National Lectureship Of the Churches of Christ.
The COVID-19 (corona) pandemic and subsequent Delta Variant has created a truly unprecedented situation which affects and has affected all of us. Our hearts and prayers go out to anyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. You are in our prayers.
The Hilltop Church Of Christ, along with the Southside Church Of Christ Orlando and the Central Florida Area Churches Of Christ, consider it a signal honor to be hosts for this historic event. We are indebted to our Heavenly Father for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. We also welcome you to the “Magic City” of Orlando, The City Beautiful in central Florida, home to more than a dozen theme parks. Chief among its claim to fame is Walt Disney World, comprised of parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as well as water parks. Another major destination, Universal Orlando, offers Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter situated between them.
The 2022 Lectureships focus will be on ‘The Eternal Purpose’. In (Ephesians 3:11) we have this phrase and in (Romans 8:28) Paul says that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose so we can be conformed to the image of His Son. In (2 Timothy 1:9) Paul says that God has saved us according to His own purpose. If we ponder these verses, and if we have a heart to seek the Lord and the significance of our salvation, we surely will want to understand what God’s purpose is. God’s eternal purpose is closely related to God’s will. God’s will, simply stated, is what God wants, intends, and desires. God’s purpose is God’s plan according to His will. God wants something. To attain what He wants, He has a plan that is according to what He wants, according to His will. This plan of God that is according to the will of God is what the Bible calls the eternal purpose of God.
God as a God of purpose is surely determined to fulfill His purpose. God is absolute. When He wills to do something, when He resolves to do something, He will surely do it. God’s purpose is God’s purposeful determination in His plan.
We see then that God has a good pleasure, which is the desire of His heart. This good pleasure or heart’s desire of God is expressed as God’s will, God’s wish. To fulfill this heart’s desire, He needs to have a plan with a purposeful determination. God acts according to plan. He has made a detailed, determined plan in eternity past that will stand in its result for eternity future. That plan is His purpose. Make plans now to attend and take advantage of this informative, encouraging and inspirational Lectureship designed to strengthen the Lord’s Church and unify our speech as we learn about God’s Eternal Purpose. The magnificent ambience of this year’s hotel setting, the well thought out classes for brothers and sisters, dynamic general sessions, power packed Noon Day Sessions and the anticipated fellowship with brothers and sisters from across our vast brotherhood ensures for a memorable time in the Lord. We anxiously await your arrival.
Because of Calvary,
2022 National Lectureship Host
Senior Minister, Hilltop Church Of Christ
Winter Haven, Florida 33881