Our 2020 Theme
"He puts on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he puts on the garments of vengeance and is wrapped as in a cloak of zeal" Isaiah 59:17
Here Jesus is prophesized as being clad in a cloak of zeal. What a remarkable illustration of God preparing for a battle with determination to finish, in this case, what he started for Israel. Wouldn't it be wonderful if every Christian had that same determination to finish what we have started in our walk with Christ? Not only to finish, but to do so with zeal to the finish line.
Zeal is not only required for us as Christians, but it is necessary if we are to take the word of God to the world and live a life that's pleasing to God. The word zeal means: Eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something; great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. In other words, it means with fervor.
In 2020 the South Fayette theme is Being Zealous for God. We will embark on a series of lessons that will help us focus on being zealous for God. These practical sermons will shed light on what zeal looks like, what it means to have zeal, and what is required to keep it. Our theme passage, Romans 12:11, reads: "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the LORD".
The Christian journey is one with many trials and certainly one that can test our faith, but we can never give up. The Bible reads in Galatians 6:9, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up".
We are on a spiritual journey homeward to Heaven, and while we are here on this earth we must enthusiastically give our total allegiance to God. We do so by first starting the work, then completing it through zeal and faithfulness. Being zealous for God should be he goal of every Christian because when we allow God to be our number one priority everything else will pale in comparison.
The apostle Paul said it this way, "But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ". Philippians 3:7-8.
Let us keep our zeal for Christ until He calls us home or until he returns.
Click here to view the complete 2020 theme brochure, which includes the lesson schedule and monthly passages to supplement your personal devotions.
Mark Your Calendar for Our 2020 Theme Sermons
Sunday, January 5, 2020
What does it mean to be zealous for God?
Sunday, February 2, 2020
The thrill is gone: Letting zeal die out
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Barriers to zeal
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Fortifying your spiritual gates
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Perfect place to pitch your tent
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Come out from among them
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Open thine eyes
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Come and See
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Being zealous for every good work
Sunday October 4, 2020
What God desires
Sunday, November 1, 2020
What's love got to do with it? Everything.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
When Jesus comes, will your light be burning?