“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18 )
On Sunday afternoons, Bunny and I Skype with our 2 year old granddaughter who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. It is not the same thing as a visit, but it is wonderful to see her antics as well as hear her voice. Each week she seems to grow a bit more, say a few more words, and learn a couple of new skills. These online visits remind me of just how dynamic life is.
The Christian life is not static. Being baptized is not the end, but the beginning of a life-long journey of growth. When we make a public profession of our faith and promise to follow Jesus, we are not completing our spiritual journey, but entering a new stage of responsibility for our continuing growth in the faith. No matter how young or old we are, we can always come to a greater understanding of the Bible, a deeper knowledge of theology, and a more profound relationship with Christ. As we grow in our faith, we come to understand more about Christian ethics and the moral life and what Christ demands of us. In his Second Letter, Peter is urging the followers of Jesus to grow in their faith so that they will not be deceived or led away by false teaching or distortions of the gospel. A strong foundation can stand against the harsh winds that blow on us all. A mature faith leads us to a more abundant life.
This brochure describes the many ways in which we can grow in our faith through service, retreats, studies, classes and educational opportunities. Sometimes the greatest learning comes when we roll up our sleeves and get involved in a ministry, and then take the time to reflect on our experiences from a spiritual perspective. This fall, we will have a special opportunity to grow through participating in the “Recalibrate Weekend” (Thurs. – Sat., September 22-24). You may wish to participate in one or both tracks: renewing your marriage and/or renewing your relationship with God.
Together let us grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Lewis F. Galloway