24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Following Jesus isn’t a solo project, but instead, should be done in community with fellow believers. It’s crucial to have others in your life that can join you in prayer, and the pursuit of all things good. Following Jesus should be a shared experience.” This is a quote from Jarrid Wilsons book Wondrous Pursuit as passed on to me from my friend Todd Bowman.
It is a natural response when we feel insulted, hurt or rejected, to retreat and isolate ourselves. But as Christians we are encouraged to forgive, to grow and to continue the process of becoming like Christ. Lone Wolf Christianity has many pitfalls and snares that over time do damage to a man’s faith that is not easily recovered. Spending some time alone to “get your mind right” or to “think things through” is perfectly natural and healthy. Even Jesus occasionally would walk off to be by himself and to talk to the Father. But, He always returned. Never Walk Alone.
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
The theme for the women’s fall 2018 weekend is, “Grace and Mercy for Splinters and Stones.” He revealed this theme to me after a journey of repentance, reconciliation, renewal, and refreshing in my own life. The splinters represent our own sin, but through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and repentance, God’s grace and mercy covers all.
The stones represent the stones we as believers use against others. It is through the journey of understanding and accepting God’s grace in my own life, that God challenged me to grow in showing that grace and mercy toward others. I believe He is calling this team to dig deeper in our own acceptance of grace and mercy and challenge ourselves to grow in Christian leadership as we truly live out Christ’s hands in action through showing grace and mercy, not only on this weekend, but in this world.
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