You probably could have guessed this was coming as the subject of my article this week. School just started back last week. Ephraim is having his kickoff tonight for the youth group. Sara is getting ready for WASP and Octane to fire back up. And yes, we have programs for adults, as well.
I call it our discipleship rhythm. And, believe it or not, we don’t offer these things just to fill your calendar or because we don’t have anything else to do. I’m not trying to justify my salary by having all of these programs, either. We are offering these things because it is part of our vision, but most importantly, we have been called to NOT be stagnant as believers.
1 Peter 2:2-3 says, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” We have been called to grow up in our faith. We aren’t expected to live only on milk. Imagine dining on milk only your entire life. One, you would get a little tired of it. Secondly, it doesn’t seem like the healthiest of diets.
Once we have tasted that the Lord is good, our desire should be to WANT to know more about who He is. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Even Jesus as a boy showed us what it means to grow up. He continued to increase in his wisdom and stature.
With that being said, we offer Titus 2 and Basecamp as monthly gatherings for women and men respectively. We are offering Bible Study Fellowship for ladies on Monday evenings and Men on Wednesday mornings. And we offer Life Groups, bi-weekly gatherings of people in homes.
All of those programs may not fit in your schedule, but I hope and pray you will make room for one of them. We need to move the needle when it comes to our Bible knowledge and our faith in Jesus. We expect our kids to go to school and grow in their understanding and knowledge. Why should we not be an example for them by continuing to grow as well?