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Pastor's Pondering January 17

January 17

For a long time, one of the items on my bucket list was to run a marathon. A buddy from high school days was a lifelong runner. Bruce was always lean and exercised regularly. I figured that if I was ever going to run a marathon, I would need to transform myself somehow into this friend. It turns out that was necessary at all.

 I started running when I was in my mid-40’s. On a warm April day, I headed for a nearby park and planned to run around the lake. It turned out to be much harder than I expected. I ended up walking much of the distance, but it was a start. I kept at it. A friend from church gave me some tips and lots of encouragement. Then I found an article that outlined a plan that could help someone build up strength and endurance over the course of several weeks. I tried it out and it worked. After some initial successes, I then could look at setting a bigger goal. The formula for success turned out to be pretty straightforward: start small, set goals, keep at it and then celebrate each success. Eventually, over the course of about two years, I was able to run a 10K, half-marathon and then a full marathon.

 Christian discipleship can be much like this. It is an adventure that begins with taking the initial step, setting some goals, sticking to it over time and celebrating each accomplishment along the way. It helps to have a plan. And it also helps to have others to offer encouragement and maybe a tip or two.  The Discipleship Pathways provides a plan that we all can follow and there are plenty of people at Calvary Church that can provide encouragement and companionship along the way.

 See you in church

 Pastor Steve

 This week we are providing copies of the Discipleship Pathways document in the worship service. To see this online, click here

 

 What’s coming in worship:    

Jan. 21             Disciples Give Generously

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 and Mark 1:3-20                                   

 Jan. 28             Disciples Worship and Pray

                        Hebrews 10:24-25 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-28

Pastor Pondering January 9

Pastor Pondering~ January 9

This week we start a new sermon Series at Calvary called "Pathways to Discipleship."  God invites to come to Christ and grow to maturity in Christ.  The Apostle Paul writes to the believers,

In light of all this, here's what I want you to do.  While I'm locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk-better yet, run!-on the road God called you to travel.  I don't want any of you sitting around on your hands.  I don't want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.  And mark that you do this with humility and discipline-not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love...

No prolonged infancies among us, please.  We'll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors.  God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love-like Christ in everything.  We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. (Ephesians 4: 1-3 and  14-16, The Message)

Spiritual maturity doesn't happen automatically.  We grow in our faith as we travel along particular pathways that lead us toward a fuller, more abundant, more joyful, and more obedient life in Christ.

We can see that disciples grow through at least five pathways:

  • Service others
  • Giving Generously
  • Worship and Prayer
  • Telling others about Christ
  • Ongoing study and learning

We will be looking at each of these pathways in the coming weeks.  Let's run on the road God calls us to travel.

See you in Church,

Pastor Steve Larsen

 

 

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