The past year saw our deep commitment to immerse and to pass on the JIL DNA – the foundational principles of our God-given vision of a glorious church. To carry over that God-mandated DNA, our 2013 themes were set to exhibit a facet of the JIL Church as a Glorious Church, per month.
This coming year, we have set the bar even higher. It's all about what everything the Jesus Is Lord Church is all about. It's all about: JESUS.
So this 2014, the monthly themes have been divided to represent our deepest desire to know and to be led by the Owner of the JIL Church, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hence, each month is set to showcase one of His titles, these being:
January 2014 : Life-Giver
January is the month of new beginnings. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. Is it not best to begin the year with the right perspective... that it all must begin with sincere gratitude to the life-giving love of... the Life-Giver?
February 2014 : Lover of My Soul
February is the month of divine love. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Yet You offered Yourself to a cursed death on the cross, O Lord... Lover of My soul.
March 2014 : Light of the World
March is the month of significant victories. I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Is there any victory greater than the conquest brought by coming to truly know Him who is... the Light of the World?
April 2014 : Suffering Servant
April is the month of the power of the cross. The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. For our sake, He left the majesty of the heavens that He may be beaten, betrayed and rejected for our sake, that He may be... the Suffering Servant.
May 2014 : Defender of the Weak
May is the month where everyone seeks for the people's champion. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. As a nation and as a people, we can never be without hope and without help when side-by-side with us is... the Defender of the Weak.
June 2014 : Bread of Life
June is the month where we join the world in celebrating the love of a father. We thank our Eternal Father for satisfying our hunger for His unconditional love. I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Aren't our many differences transcended by one common profound hunger, the hunger for... the Bread of Life?
July 2014 : Shepherd
July is the month where we do our half-time break. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. With half of the year's journey not as perfect as we would have liked it to be, do we not need comfort and guidance as we march onwards with the rest of the year with... the Shepherd?
August 2014 : Healer
August is the month of heroes. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities. Valor does not come without sacrifice. As it is by the wounds of our heroes that we live in freedom, then it is by His wounds that we are healed. Anguished minds, broken hearts and ailing bodies, nothing is impossible with... the Healer.
September 2014 : Lamb of God
September is the month of supreme sacrifice. The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! With just one last month before our annual celebration of His faithfulness to us, is not the best way to prepare to look back on Who it's all about? It's all about the sacrificial love of... the Lamb of God.
October 2014 : Jesus is Lord
October is the month of victories. We look back on the journey we have walked with our Lord year after year, we find that, through all the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, the conquests and challenges, our Lord has been faithful. Truly... Jesus IS Lord.
November 2014 : Resurrection and the Life
November is the month of undying hope. I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. Our dearly departed stay alive in our hearts as we reminisce in the light of a joy-filled eternity in the arms of... the Resurrection and the Life.
December 2014 : Savior of the World
December is the month of celebrating a life in Christ. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. The King of kings and Lord of lords, yet He came as flesh and blood, to suffer and die for mankind, as the... Savior of the World.
It's all about Jesus. More than any strategy, beyond any action plan, above any vision is He from whom and for whom it is all about. May each month bring us closer to the heart of Him whose wealth of love for us is greater than all the riches and power this world can offer.