A Hope-Filled Year

This sermon was given on Sunday, December 31, 2017 by David Capistrant as part of the sermon series .


1 Peter 1:13-21

David Capistrant, Pastor of Community Life

First Evangelical Free Church, Maplewood, MN

Do you want a New Year ministry?

  1. What are three physical needs that I can meet in this church?
  2. What are four spiritual needs that I can meet in this church?
  3. Who can I pray for? What spiritual need can I pray for them about?
  4. What needs are there in the church that I can pray for?
  5. What can I do to help my children or other children understand the Gospel? What do my children need to learn about God and how could I teach them?
  6. With whom could I share the Gospel this week?
  7. What person in my church can I call and encourage this week?
  8. Who can I invite over for dinner or a meal for fellowship and spiritual enrichment?
  9. Are there new visitors coming to my church to whom I can reach out and make them feel welcome?
  10. Who can I write a note or letter to for spiritual encouragement this week?
  11. What missionary that my church supports should I pray for and perhaps send a letter or gift to thi sweek?
  12. What are my spiritual gifts and how can I use them as part of the ministry of my church?
  13. Have I asked the elders of my church what spiritual gifts they’ve observed in me and what ministry needs I could fulfill?
  14. Have I asked other spiritually mature people what spiritual ministries they think I may be gifted for and in which I should be involved?
  15. What special ministry needs is there in the church that I can fulfill? What training for ministry opportunities is going on in my church or which I could take advantage?
  16. Who could I serve by giving a Christian book, booklet or audio of my pastor’s sermons?
  17. Who could I invite out to the services of the church? (Note: Research indicates that eighty percent of the people in the United States have never been personally invited to a church sponsored event.)
  18. What needs are there among people in my neighborhood or at my place of employment that I could meet as a representative of my church, and especially of Christ?
  19. Are there some people I could serve by making contact with them, not to tell them about myself, but just to befriend them by being willing to listen to them?
  20. How can I help others in my church to love God more? How can I help them to love others more? How can I help them to pursue good works more?
  21. Am I an example or model for other believers in my speech, conduct, love, faith and purity?

*adapted from Dr. Wayne Mack