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Pastor's Ponderings - June 26, 2017

Pastor Ponderings  -June 26

Pathway to Discipleship- Sharing faith with Others

The fifth pathway of Christian discipleship is sharing faith with others.  We learn best when we begin to share with other people. When I learned how to bake an apple pie, I wasn’t really a baker until I’d shared the pie with others. When I was first learning to play the guitar, I was only entertaining myself and the dog (sometimes) until I took the step to play the guitar for others to hear. Faith in Jesus Christ comes alive when we share it with others.

 Now you and I don’t’ have to be Billy Graham to share our faith with others. We each have ways that we can tell others something about what God is doing. When you find a new restaurant that you enjoy or discover a show on television that you love, you naturally want to tell others. When we experience the good news of God’s love and grace in our lives, we will naturally want to pass that on to others. There are various ways that each of us can learn to make that sharing more natural and easy to do. Sometimes we in the church make this more difficult than it really needs to be.

 Actually, there are some great resources that we will be using at Calvary Church that will help us all learn to be good and sharing faith with others. One of the best ways to get started is simply to start praying for someone you know that may need more of God’s love and joy and peace in their lives and then, when it feels right, ask God to give you an opportunity to let that person know you are praying for him or her. This all by itself can be a wonderful way to share.

 Questions to consider:

  1. Who do you know that you can be praying for the next few days or weeks?
  2. Are there some natural places that you might say something about your faith to others you know?

 To see something about the other four Discipleship Pathways, click here.

 See you in Church!

-Pastor Steve

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Pastor's Ponderings

June 19, 2017

Pathway to Discipleship- Generosity and Giving

Still another pathway to a fuller life in Jesus Christ has to do with how we give. Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about money. That may seem strange. Actually, money has a rather strong influence on us. Sometimes the best way to become more faithful as a follower of Jesus Christ is to turn our attention away from the making and spending money.

Generosity is a matter of Christian discipleship. When we learn to use what we’ve been given to accomplish some God-sized projects, we grow in our discipleship. When we learn to share what we have with others, we find that our heart grow larger, not smaller. Generosity comes as we open our hands and our hearts to offer blessing to others in the spirit of Jesus. Generosity is most full and mature when:

  • we practice it regularly, instead of sporadically,
  • when we practice it intentionally rather than just in response to a particular appeal
  • when we practice is persistently over time, rather than just when it is convenient or easy

 Bing more open handed leads us to be more open hearted. When we give, we become more like the One who shows us what true generosity looks like

“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever lives and believes in him shall have everlasting life.”

 Questions to consider:

  1. Do I give regularly or periodically? intentionally or only in response to a particular need? willingly or reluctantly?
  2. What would it look like to give with a more open hand?

 See you in Church!

 -Pastor Steve

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