Planning for 2019
At this church, we want to be Ordinary People Encountering the Extraordinary God. Certainly, this applies to our own ongoing growth in the Gospel of Jesus. And, in addition, it applies to our place in helping others experience the wonders of the Gospel.
As the start of a new year commences, we each start to put plans in place for the year ahead. Even if we don’t put in place plans, we are still making plans. I want to take this opportunity to encourage all of us to plan for Growth in our spiritual lives.
The Bible talks about the Christian life as one of continual progress – Ordinary People continue to Encounter the Extraordinary God. As we start 2019, may we encourage you to pray for wisdom that you will grow this year, and for knowing how to structure your life so that you might? Those who fail to plan generally plan to fail! In an age where so many procrastinate, and where distractions abound, this point is not to be understated. We are told ‘… whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31b)
We offer all kinds of opportunities at TAC to help you grow in this way. The Bible encourages us even in the simple activity of meeting together to encourage one another toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). It is one of the joys of the Gospel to be involved in each other’s lives in this kind of way. The foundation starts with each of us. Perhaps this is the year to commence a Bible reading plan, using biblegateway.com or some other means; or to join a Growth Group.
Our service of God should also extend to using the gifts that he has given to serve his people. I continue to dream of a church where every individual is using their gifts to serve one another and God’s kingdom. How can you use these gifts to His glory in the year ahead?
I hope that you enjoy summer as you revel in God’s creation, and may I encourage you to take this opportunity to plan for the year ahead.