When most Christians think about growing in their faith, they sometimes leave out one of the most important means that God has provided; our friendships! God unites us to Christ but also places us within a community of faith where we influence one another in profound ways.
Who are your closest friends at KSBC? What role do they play in your spiritual development? How do they help you love God and people? Who would name you as their friend at KSBC that helps them grow in grace?
Growth in faith and Christ likeness is a community project. Isolation and individualism lead to ineffectiveness and barrenness. The contribution of others in the church family is absolutely essential to your becoming the person God has called you to be. The list of ways that God has designed for a committed community of believers to shape your life is impressive. The list would minimally include prayer, encouragement, correction, burden bearing, teaching, confession, and rejoicing together.
Our desire is for our church family to grow in community. By that we mean a discernible movement from isolationism to redemptive relationships. There is so much to learn about these kind of redemptive relationships that actually “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24-25
). This kind of stimulation implies a transfer of energy from someone else to you. When we isolate ourselves from other believers by merely attending services and classes, we literally and sinfully unplug ourselves from a God ordained source of power for our growth in holiness and love. When we restrict our relationships to surface or shallow involvement, we short circuit the work of God in our lives.
To encourage our growth in this we are planning to use a 10-week DVD series at our 10:45 hour this summer entitled Your Walk with God is a Community Project by Paul Tripp. For the summer months, all teens through adult classes will meet together in the sanctuary for a 25 minute teaching time followed by breakout groups for discussion and application. This will be a great opportunity to hear clear Bible teaching and massage it into our behaviors and relationships.
Paul Tripp is a highly respected and qualified Bible teacher. Many of you have benefited from his books War of Words
and Age of Opportunity
. You can read more about this video series here
. You can also read a recent article by Tripp that I found very helpful here
. In addition to the quote at the beginning, here’s another that I thought was worthy of jotting down from this series of talks: "God has called us to intentionally-intrusive, Christ-centered, grace-driven redemptive relationships."
Please pray for and plan to participate in this significant community project this summer here at KSBC.