Is prayer a gift from God? What about the Bible? As we grow in our Christian faith we realize God has blessed us tremendously.
I’ll affirm with many of you that prayer and scripture are both joyous blessings from God. Let me add that our ability to worship, serve, give and be a witness to Christ are just as much gifts from God as any other you could name. And they are meaningful gifts at that! Because they are all part of what God has entrusted to us, we are preparing to take those gifts seriously. Better said, we are ready to invite each of you to consider how you can ensure the gifts of prayer, the Bible, worship, witness, giving and Christian service are meaningful aspects of your walk with God.
Beginning this month, we are hosting a 6-week sermon series entitled Committed to Christ. Each week we’ll celebrate 1 of the 6 gifts mentioned. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to decide how much you have already made each gift a priority in your walk with Christ, and then be challenged to take a step up.
So, for example, someone might know prayer is important, but after thinking about her daily life might realize she only prays before she eats lunch or dinner. Now, no one is going to criticize her for only praying at those times. We are, though, going to challenge her to, let’s say, still pray before she eats lunch or dinner and decide to say a prayer when she wakes up and turns in for the night. See how easy that was? Another example, someone knows worship should be a priority, but he has little by little filled his schedule with other things on Sunday morning and really only attends worship once a month. Again, we’re not going to chastise him for that, but we are going to challenge him to take a step up and decide how he can commit to attend worship twice a month or more.
What it comes down to is this: The Holy Spirit wants to deepen our faith in Christ. That doesn’t always happen by leaps and bounds. Rather, we realize it is often the small changes we allow Christ to make in our hearts that help us move closer to him. There’s a fancy church word for that–sanctification. All that really means is God helping us grow in the grace and knowledge of God. Isn’t that what we all want to do?
I hope you’ll do your best to be a part of this exciting series. I’ve already begun to pray for you that this would be a time God shows you important things about your faith and leads you to greater levels of faith! And I hope you will begin to pray for our church as we walk through this series together. See you Sunday.
Blessed Beyond Belief,