Are we committed to Spiritual Growth? After Paul had invested over a year with a church plant in Corinth, he wrote back to the new believers with these challenging words, “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly - mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready” (1 Cor. 3:1-2). These words challenge us also to consider where we are in our spiritual growth and whether we are committed to disciple-making strategies that will foster such growth.
As we continue this series on why new people would become part of this church, it is important for us to recognize that new people will often come our way because they want to improve their lives. Many are hoping to be better in some way, whether that means being kinder and gentler or finding deeper meaning and purpose for their lives. We know that the greater abundant life is found only in Christ. But are we committed to personal spiritual growth in a way that will also help others grow?
One big step of commitment is for us to encourage every member and frequent guest to get connected to a Bible study class or group. Greater growth happens when we are being fed God’s Word in a context where faith can be demonstrated through personal relationships and ministry care. In this month of September, we have a Sunday morning emphasis called, “Every Person Matters,” with the goal of every member and frequent guest to find that greater smaller connection. We will host a Discover FBC Lunch on Sunday, 9.8, as a launching point. -Jason