January 2, 2016
Dear Eastridge Family,
Happy New Year! I love New Year’s Day as it marks a day of new beginnings and holds new possibilities and opportunities in our lives and in our church. As we start a New Year let me encourage you to consider how you might grow in your faith. As a pastor I am concerned that the Eastridge family is growing in our faith and walk with Jesus.
Let me ask, “What are you doing to grow in your faith in 2016?” The New Year is a great time to take a step forward in growing in your faith. Have you considered some of the spiritual disciplines? The spiritual disciplines are habits that we use to grow our faith. Maybe you want to do a better job of reading the Bible this year, or you want to spend more time in prayer or maybe you want to disciple someone. The New Year is a great time to start implementing those habits.
Tomorrow is the day we have set aside to gather and worship Jesus together. If you want to grow your faith this is the first place I would recommend each of us start. Tomorrow I plan to share a message from Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
I want to ask a question tomorrow, if you had to summarize your life in just six words what would they be? I think the Apostle Paul might use these words, “Forgetting what is behind pressing on.” Join us tomorrow and we will consider what these words mean.
I am looking forward to seeing you all on the first Lord’s Day of 2016,