When I was in high school, I took delight in helping my father on the farm … most of the time. In fact, he needed my help as my two older brothers were now out of the house. But one time, as dad left me to finish plowing a field with our “Farmall Super M” tractor and a three-bottom plow, I promptly proceeded to get the tractor stuck in the mud in a wet area of the field. Needless to say, dad was not happy! It took a lot of work to get “unstuck.”
Truth is: Many of us are stuck in our spiritual lives and growth toward God. We may have been excited about our faith at one time, but now we seem to have settled for a kind of “ho-hum” spirituality. We sometimes become stagnant in our spiritual growth. We might even feel that there’s really nothing more to be gained by pursuing God more intentionally. “This is all there is” is our attitude, especially as we get older. We get stuck in the muck of life.
The Good News is, that was not the attitude of the Apostle Paul. Despite his great accomplishments and learnings in the faith, he confesses his shortcomings and even proclaimed, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). Imagine the Apostle Paul admitting he has a lot to long ways to go in growth toward God!
This Sunday we continue our Growing in God series with a focus on “How?” How do we get unstuck and get moving toward God again? How do we become better disciples of Jesus? How can we discover and experience more of the abundant life Jesus came to give? Our passion for Jesus must be translated into concrete actions if we are to move forward in our faith. Thankfully, there are some specific steps of growth we can take!
Join us Sunday for our message, “Steps Toward Spiritual Growth,” to discover five steps or habits you can take to grow in God. Traditional worship begins at 9:00 AM and contemporary worship begins at 10:45 AM. Busy Bags for children are available at both services. A Children’s Church and Nursery are provided at the second. Refreshments will be provided between services. Please join us and reach out to others. Or, simply forward this email to a friend!
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Dave Van Netten