I wanted to pass along a wonderful article on the cost of disciple-making. It is so easy to lose sight of what God has called us to do.
The Incarnation of Christ
Here is short article that will help round out your understanding of the Incarnation of Christ during this Christmas season. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-incarnation
Small Town Ministry
I am thankful for this article on the importance of reaching the heartland of America. I trust it will challenge your heart and provoke your thinking. http://www.smalltownjesus.com/big-dreams-blue-jeans/
This work by Don Whitney is a great introduction to the subject, giving practical guidance regarding spiritual disciplines that are essential to the Christian life. The Church has long recognized the value of each of these things in cultivating a godly life. Certainly, “doing” these things does not inherently make one godly, as if these things are simply magic formulas. Real growth in our lives always comes from the Lord. It is always the work of His Spirit and we must rely on Him. Nonetheless, we are called to make wise decisions that cultivate our relationship with Him. In that respect, we are much like a farmers. We cannot “make” the crops grow on our own. We can, however, do things that put the land in the best possible position to produce fruit by tilling, sowing, fertilizing, etc. May God help us to trust in Him wholeheartedly, and by His Spirit’s power to cultivate our Christian walk with Him.
Jerry Bridges’ book, The Discipline of Grace, is one of the best books I’ve read on sanctification. I have used it regularly in discipleship for years and highly commend it to you! You can purchase it here.
From the Gospel Coalition
This is a great article on the importance and “how-to” of meditating on scripture. Enjoy!
Fall Sunday School Class
On September 4, 2016 we will begin a new adult class which meets Sunday mornings at 11:30am, after the worship service. During the next 12 weeks we will be working through the practical implications of what it means to live as a church family. This study is led by Pastor Mike and discussion oriented.