Training is Hard!
As I have kicked off my training for the half marathon, I have heard lots of crazy responses. My favorite is the quote from Proverbs 28, “Only the wicked run when no one is chasing them.” I remind myself often what Paul says, “Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7b-8). Training for a marathon is hard work and requires crazy discipline like waking up early and running when the weather is not perfect. You do not accidently wake up one day ready to run 13.1 miles. Training in godliness is the same. It requires hard work and discipline. You will not wake up one day and accidently find yourself living in godliness.
This week we are offering some new ways to help you train in godliness. LifeGroups Is a great way to train with a team. You will study the Word of God and learn ways to apply it to your life while you are in community with a small group of other believers going through a similar stage of life with you. Wednesday nights we provide verse by verse Bible study as well as OASIS which is a support group for parents.
I am very excited to kick off an eight-week discipleship class called Multiplication 101 starting Sunday night. In this study we will learn how to share the Gospel, the seven basic commands of Christ, and how to teach these commands to others. I have had many requests for such a class after the sermon I preached a few weeks ago on the importance of multiplication through discipleship. If you have not watched that message you can find it in the archived messages on our website or YouTube channel. Look for Multiplication Through Discipleship- July 15, 2018.
Being a disciple of Jesus is not easy but rewarding. Let us get this training started together. Make it a priority for you and your family this Fall. Be intentional. It will not happen by accident. Together we can train for godliness “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:13).