If you look back at your life, what things have helped you to grow the most in your relationship with God?
Maybe there was a particular person who walked with you. Maybe your growth came from reading Scripture or by listening to a Sunday sermon. Or maybe it was the experience of going through a particularly difficult season that deepened your reliance on God.
The work of God in someone’s life is mysterious in many ways. Mark compares the growth of God’s kingdom to a man scattering seed, but who does not know how it grows (Mark 4:27). And yet, we can look back and see ways that God has been at work in our lives. We have been shaped by, and grow through, the work of God’s Spirit but also by means of the people we spend time with, by hearing God’s story and learning our place in it, and through the habits of our daily lives.
How can we partner with God in our growth?
The church through the centuries has used habits such as Bible study and prayer to participate in this growth. Recognizing that we are also shaped through relationship, Christians have often sought out mentors and been intentional about inviting people to speak into their lives. Those who seek to follow Jesus are also shaped through service. As we choose to serve our neighbours we both grow in love for others and in Christlikeness.
You can learn more about how we at FBC seeks to encourage discipleship in our community by visiting this new Discipleship Pathway page on our website.
As you prepare for September, I would invite you to think about how you might participate in your growth this year. Maybe you would consider joining a Connection Group? Or volunteering with something like Young Adults, Internationals or Street Ministries? Maybe attending a Growth Class or participating in a retreat? Our community can be a place where we grow together as disciples of Jesus.
Minister of Discipleship and Community