A wise man once said, “There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to touch the electric fence and find out for themselves.”
Titus 2:6-8: “Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”
We never get what a blessing it is to see what God is doing around here! If you weren’t here Sunday or not fully awake, I’ll let you know. We had three families join our fellowship! I trust God led them all here and they all came down different paths through different connections, but in every case, God was working through church members. We know that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father, except by Him.” BUT, He uses us in His work, and we need to work with Him and that means being prepared!
I’m also excited that in the ten adult Growth Groups that are meeting, we had over 100 present last week! Of course, I think that number should be closer to 300, but ten groups meeting together to study and discuss God’s Word concerning the Church and what it means to be a church member, is amazing!
They’re called Growth Groups because their purpose is to help us grow closer to God, closer to each other as a church family and to help us grow as a church by reaching our neighbors. Sunday morning Bible Study groups have the same purpose as Growth Groups, but Growth Groups allow us to get to know members of different ages in a more relaxed setting. It’s been awesome watching members of this church family get to know each other!
If you look at the scripture, we have a responsibility to train or disciple the next generation so that they will be prepared to lead the church in the uncertain waters of the future. We have a responsibility to be growing as believers as well. Our attitudes and actions either encourage or discourage our friends, neighbors, and co-workers to turn to Jesus or away from Him. We need God’s Word and accountability to grow and mature as believers. We all need to keep growing in our faith and Growth Groups are just another way to help us on this journey of faith. Growing together in faith and fellowship, it never gets old.