In this day and age when so many things are going on in our lives, it can be hard to stay focused on spiritual things. So much is vying for our time and attention. We often lose perspective of how we as Christians and disciples of Jesus should live. This past Sunday, I began a series of messages entitled “God’s Plan for This Age.” I believe each of us would do well to see what the Bible teaches us about God’s plans for us and the church in this age.
Over the next few weeks I will be preaching messages that hopefully will help us to discover and discern God’s will for us. The first five books of the New Testament explain God’s will and how He relates to us by a new covenant. We can’t really be disciples of Christ until we understand what He desires for us.
I began the series Sunday in John chapter 3, showing that Christ desires to bring us into a personal relationship with Him by offering us salvation through faith in His blood that was shed for us. What we will discover in the coming weeks is that God wants to do more with us than just save us from our sins. He wants to take us on an incredible journey that begins when we follow Him in discipleship. We will see how our lives can be transformed as we abide with Him, learn from Him, discover His plans for the church and how He intends to impact and reach the world through the church.
The life of a Christian should be exciting as we relate to each other in a community of faith and fellowship. Joining regularly with other believers and sharing life with them as we serve the Lord together and see His purpose accomplished through us is thrilling. This life of purpose and discovery as the Holy Spirit leads us to see the hand of God working among us is awesome.
Don’t forget that LifeGroups will begin with our LifeGroup launch on October 1, 2017. Over the four weeks, on Sunday mornings you'll hear some personal testimonies from men and women in our church. They'll share how being a part of a small group has changed their lives and made an impact on their walk with Christ. Everyone is encouraged to join a LifeGroup and experience the joy of Christian community as we learn to be followers of Christ and love each other.