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Being a Follower of Jesus

God’s plan for the ages involves calling people into a personal relationship with Christ.  Becoming a child of God through faith in the blood of Jesus is just part of God’s plan for our lives.  The call to salvation is a call to become a follower of Christ.  In the Gospels, Jesus invites us to consider His call on our lives and what it involves.  To be a follower of Christ means we have considered the cost of identifying with Jesus and surrendering our life to Him.  Jesus further said, “If anyone would be my disciple and come after me, let him deny himself daily and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

I believe that every truly born again believer has the desire to follow Christ and obey Him.  It is always a struggle to remain in fellowship with our Lord, but it is much easier when we are encouraged by other believers who struggle along with us.  That is why LifeGroups are so vital and so important.  They provide us an atmosphere of encouragement and acceptance and a way to grow in our faith and knowledge of the Lord.  Sunday evening, October 1st we will launch our LifeGroups with a gathering at church where you can sign up to be involved in a LifeGroup.

Our LifeGroups will meet the month of October and November and then take a break during December.  We will pick up with our LifeGroups from January to April and then take the summer off.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to be in a LifeGroup  The sacrifice you make will be rewarded with a wonderful time of growth and fellowship.  To be a church that fulfills God’s great commission, we must become disciples that make disciples, and LifeGroups are a big part of becoming better disciples.  Pray about joining a LifeGroup--you will be glad you did.

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God's Plan for This Age

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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. 

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