I'm used to a little more leisurely August in order to "ramp up" the fall season. This year, I've had no such luxury.
What we must not lose in our "Back to School" activities is the need for all of us as adults to turn toward learning and new classes as well.
Our current sermon series is focused on a "back to school" approach to the Bible, but I hope and pray that it only whets your appetite for more spiritual study and growth.
Our inner spirit responds to the same kind of training that our minds and bodies need. The regular, ever challenging thoughts and actions of love and reflection on God put our "faith muscles" into a "training cycle" that we need to truly live an abundant life.
The Christian movement has a long history of such activities and we as United Methodists are especially focused on education, mission and outreach in a combined and coordinated way.
It is my hope that we can develop a stronger
Adult Christian Education offering that includes many different opportunities to learn, grow and serve.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that all the rest of our lives critically depend on spiritual growth.
And the health and future of our family, job, neighborhood, city, state, nation and even the world depend on us and those around us having a healthy and strong spiritual life nurtured by God's Holy Spirit.
With that in mind, I am looking for those of you who have a passion in this area to prayerfully consider getting involved.
This means not only participating in classes, etc., but to step forward and lead discussions, organize classes and learn to take advantage of those unique "teachable moments" that happen all the time.
This includes attending weekend seminars and short-term classes of 3 to 6 sessions. It includes medium length classes of 7 to 13 weeks and long-term classes of up to 32 weeks.
The classes/groups can be at church, in homes or even in parks and on mission trips.
All are necessary to offer a wide variety of opportunities to the people around us who are hungry to know more about Jesus Christ and what God has to say about their lives and their future.
With all that in mind, I encourage you to consider joining one of our Disciples classes (a two semester, community college level bible study), our upcoming Prayer Seminar, or some of the other workshops coming up this fall.
Help us create some educational events that you would enthusiastically invite your friends and neighbors to attend.
On Sat., Sept. 12, (10:45 am) we'll have a 90 minute Teacher & Small Group Leadership Training session. I hope you can attend.
This will begin the process of supporting and encouraging each other with the kind of spiritual growth and training we need to offer engaging discussions, in-depth classes and other dynamic spiritual journey learning opportunities to enrich our fellowship.
I encourage you to consider involvement in one of our upcoming classes & groups and perhaps exploring ways you could lead one of them.
I know you will be blessed and that you will find a closer walk with Jesus that will empower your whole life!
What scripture has stayed with you this week?
What have others learned about Jesus Christ because of you?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,