A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being back in Chicago at Wheaton College to hear one of my two sons share during the football team’s Friday chapel. Every week the team gathers to worship, hear a devotional from a former alumni and to listen to several of the senior players share about their time at Wheaton and as a member of the team. It’s rarely about football. It’s most often about relationships and about how God has used the time and the team to turn them from boys into men, men of faith, courage and character. It’s always powerfully challenging, encouraging and inspiring, especially so when it’s your own son!
Those of us who are parents, we want our kids to grow up. God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to grow up! He wants to grow us up until we measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Eph. 4:13). God wants to radically transform our lives, for us to be able to look back over the past four months, four years or four decades and see that we have changed – that we are more like Christ than we were.
A Christian’s desire to grow in faith is beautiful and biblical, best illustrated in Jeremiah 17:7,8 where scripture describes “the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord…is like a tree planted by water…and does not cease to bear fruit”. There is a God part and an us part in this. We aren’t fruit producers only bearers. But we are invited to abide in Him, and we must trust in Him!
This Sunday I’m looking forward to teaching the first of three Disciplemaking@Covenant studies. Each of these Core Classes is designed to challenge, encourage and equip us to grow as disciples and disciplemakers. My intention is to provide sound foundational principles and practices that flow out of our identity that is rooted in Christ.
101: Develop Habits for Spiritual Maturity: Find out what it means to be more like Jesus, to spend time with God, be a good steward of all he provides and plug into the power of community. Oct. 14 | 12:15 – 2:15 | Room 125
201: Find Your Ministry: Discover how God has uniquely shaped you to serve him and others. Nov. 4 | 12:15 – 2:15 | Room 125
301: Fulfill Your Mission: Learn what it means to be a witness for Christ and to follow a simple plan to carry out your mission here, there and everywhere. Dec. 9 | 12:15 – 2:15 | Room 125
Discipleship, Gospel-centered discipleship, is not about how we perform but who we are – imperfect people, clinging to a perfect Christ, being perfected by the Holy Spirit. Or to put it in the words of the motto of Covenant: We are deeply flawed, but even more deeply loved! And that love, when received and returned, is radically transforming us into the people we already are in Christ.
It’s a process, a journey, and all have a way to go! We all stand in need of continual renewal and restoration. We all still have some growing up that God wants to bring about in our lives, in His strength and for His glory!
Please consider signing up for Class 101 this Sunday. I’m Looking forward to many of you joining me on this journey.