March 10, 2017
Dear Eastridge Church
We have been blessed at Eastridge with a number of new people coming to our worship services and small groups. It is much more exciting to be a part of a growing church than to be a part of one that is dying. As a pastor it is important that we are having the right kind of growth. The truth is even if we have a growing church, we cannot automatically conclude everything is good. As a pastor I ask myself, do the lives of the people of Eastridge look like the lives of people we see in scripture? That’s the goal post we should be going after.
I’ve heard Dallas Willard say that every church should be able to answer two questions: First, what is our plan for making disciples? Second, does our plan work?
Do you have a plan for your life? What steps are you taking to become a disciple of Jesus? The next question you need to ask is, “How is my plan working?” Does your life look like the lives of the people you see in Scripture?
This is one reason why we have a church wide campaign to read through the New Testament. The plan includes reading the Scripture but also coming together to discuss and pray about what we read. These are important habits for all disciples of Jesus.
I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday
· Spring clocks forward
Sunday morning at 2AM we will begin Daylight Savings time so don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday evening before you go to bed.
· Favorite Quotes of the Week
[The resurrection] remains the center around which all else is moving, from which all comes, and to which all is leading. - Karl Barth
“When Jesus rose from the grave He created a whole new race of people, not defined by color but defined by His blood” – Derwin Gray
Eternity is already in session. - Dallas Willard