· Ministry to Men

The Son is greater than the angels

By Steve Nailor

We just finished the Christian year and now we are in the Advent season.

The lectionary for the first Sunday declares the Son of is greater than the angels (Hebrew 1:1-3).

I had not thought much about that until I was planning for a worship service at a nursing home in my community. During my study for the Sunday service, I noted that the author of Hebrews describes in detail how Jesus Christ not only fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, but how “God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him” (Hebrews 1:2).

I just finished having a meeting with the executive committee of the National Association of Conference Presidents (NACP). That group consists of jurisdictional presidents, the national prayer advocate, staff members of the commission and NACP officers.

Each member shared enthusiastic reports about what was happening in his area.

I asked each of them to establish two goals:

  1. A goal for themselves in their current position.
  2. A goal to determine what they need to do to strengthen their ministry. Some need to help establish leaders in inactive conferences and some need to establish better working relations with active conferences.

Both goals should help men strengthen their relationship with Christ.

I also invite you to establish two goals:

  1. A goal related to how you can enrich your relationship with God during this Advent season.
  2. A goal to listen to the needs of others and find ways to help them cultivate a deeper relationship with God through Christ.

Let us together listen to the powerful and profound messages during the Advent season and discover how God is speaking to us.

I know that for some Christmas is not always a happy time, but if we listen and seek God’s guidance, you never know what might happen. Jesus tells all who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads that he will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

Merry Christmas.

Listen for Christ in your life.

Steve Nailor, president
National Association of Conference Presidents

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