Where do we go from here?

‎”But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Repeatedly Scripture urges us, as it does in this passage, to grow spiritually and in our knowledge of our Savior. We cannot do this on our own or by ourselves. But God, in His mercy, has provided both the means whereby we can grow, such as prayer and the careful study of His Word, and His Spirit, by Whom He enables us to do what we cannot do in our own strength.

In community we can bond together with the like-minded to help one another and help a hurting world in Jesus name.  It is in the practice of loving others outside our comfortable community that it is particularly challenging.  I enjoy and truly appreciate participating in the shared wisdom of Christians in community venues e.g. local church, the Centennial Institute, the Truth Project and many others.  But how do we get out of the comfort zone and actually do something relevant?  Where do we go from here?

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  1. jrod042886 says:

    I too very much enjoy the participation in a Christian community (i.e., Church, friends circles, family); however, if we want to fully experience the fullness of Christ, which as Christians we all should, where do we go from here is a great question. I think what we do first, is precisely what you said in the first paragraph. First we must GROW. Grow in our spiritual knowledge by reading the Bible, praying to our Lord, and work on ourselves to be diligent Christ-like followers, but then we must GO. Do as 1 Chronicles 16:8 says, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” (NIV) So get in the Bible and read his word, pray, and then GO PROCLAIM what Christ has done for you to change your life. The other half of GO is to GO SERVE. It is truly in my heart that if we want to be more like Christ, we must have a loving, serving heart. We must serve the sick and lost, not just our Christian community. Jesus did not serve just the community he lived in; he traveled to areas that needed to hear his words of truth. He went and served the sick, the blind, the immoral, but most importantly, he went to them. Obviously, going out to serve by ourselves is tough and extremely uncomfortable, but even the 12 Disciples had each other. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV) Just get a few Christian friends together and go serve, Christ will be there with you. Grow and then go, this is the way to experience the fullness of the Lord in our own lives. Then keep growing and keep going.

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