The Christian Journey – Jan 2019

We’re starting a journey this month … more like continuing a lifelong journey. There are many aspects of the Christian journey. I have worked on and continue to work on the spiritual disciplines: prayer, worship, giving, Bible reading, Scripture memorization, mediation, service, community, etc. While these all are important, we can lose sight of the forest for all the trees. While there is no forest if there are no trees, there is something lost if we fail to recognize what its all about.

I’ve hinted at it already but the whole of the Christian life and journey is about discipleship. The spiritual disciplines are about exercising and growing in our discipleship. The love we express to the Lord and our neighbours is about being a disciple of Christ. The commission that Jesus left us with is about being disciples who make disciples (Matt 28:18-20).

Paul writes to the Colossians: “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col 2:6-7 ESV).

We receive Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. We are supposed to continue walking in Him in the same way we received Him. If a believer only received Him as their Saviour and friend, then they may have difficulty growing as a disciple because they did not receive Him as their Lord. Our minds and hearts more readily receive discipline from our Lord than our brother/friend/saviour.

The plan for Freedom Centre for January and February of 2019 is to examine discipleship—the lifelong journey of a Christian. May it stir our souls and spirits to better be the disciples that Jesus call us to be.

Journeying with you,

Pastor Merril

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