I think our faith grows in interesting and often unpredictable ways. Sometimes because of a crisis in life, we get pushed to listen more closely to God, to seek spiritual wisdom and guidance. We feel our need to find a source of strength in God we have not previously claimed. Sometimes faith grows serendipitously, when we find ourselves interested or drawn to want more or know more of God. Often our faith grows in fits and starts, not in deliberate ways, but in response to life’s challenges, encounters and our openness to God. I always want to encourage the church to be intentional about faith, but I know that life gets in the way and we have to deal with that. I like how Colossians puts it, “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. (2: 6-7, The Living Bible) If we put our roots into faith and the life, teachings and love of Christ, we will draw nourishment. We will be reminded of the help that comes. We will experience the presence of the living Christ with us. We will receive insights and help that allows us to deal better with what life brings.
Our new small groups ministry at PVUMC is called Journeys: Explore. Discover. Connect.
Like the first disciples of Jesus, we are taking a journey towards God, a journey that builds our trust in God and our knowledge of faith. In this journey, God moves us and moves in us. Sunday, I’m going to invite all of us on this journey and what it can mean for us, even when we’re so busy. It wil be a journey of immense reward. It has something for every person. Even if you start with just a step or two, it will bring a blessing of spiritual encounter for you.
Dave Summers, PhD
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