You therefore, beloved, know this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, BUT GROW in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. - 2 Peter 3:17-18
The Ultimate Journey is no picnic. We should know this “beforehand.” Peter reveals the need to be on our guard against influences that can weaken our steadfastness resulting in a degrading of our being changed by Christ and used by Christ. They do, and will, come.
The only safeguard is to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is all about who Jesus is and what He has done and is doing for us, not our own strength or worthiness.
One of our values as a church is pursuing growth, and doing so will keep us alive and well in the Ultimate Journey. Growth is also one thing that no one can take from us.
I hope you sense that at GFC, we exist for your growth. Everything we do is to encourage and equip people to take next steps, whatever they may be, in the Ultimate Journey.
Have you asked yourself, “What is my next step of growth?” I encourage you to engage in sincere prayer over the next few weeks seeking the insight and the inspiration you need to understand and pursue your next steps of growth.
Speaking of next steps, we witnessed eight people take the step of baptism yesterday! Talk about insight and inspiration! Look for their stories online! We’ll have the baptism footage posted to our home page blog within the next few days. We will mention on our Facebook page when they’re ready for viewing, so become a fan if you haven’t already.
How grateful I am to be on the Ultimate Journey with you!
Grace and peace,
"The Ultimate Journey: Through It All"
The word “amateur” comes from the Latin meaning “lover.” An amateur in sports is one who participates for the love of the game, not for financial gain. The Ultimate Journey is for amateurs, people who love God and want to bear fruit by/through and for Him. But if it is to be so, they are all ours – through the gospel.
THINKING IT THROUGH
Every moment of the spiritual life is one of unmeasured need and superhuman demands, and the supply of enabling power and grace must be constantly received and employed.
~Lewis Sperry Chafer
“Putting on Christ” is not one among many jobs a Christian has to do; and it is not a sort of special exercise for the top class. It is the whole of Christianity.
Not infrequently, we choose our goals to prove our importance.
Salvation is not something we ACHIEVE, but RECEIVE.
LIVING IT OUT
1. On a scale of 1-10, how certain are you that you have eternal life and that you are “complete in Christ” at this very moment? Explain your choice.
2. What are some of the words you find yourself saying or thinking that reveal some of your motivations in the Ultimate Journey?
3. What resources are available to you for the journey and which ones seem most needed in our life right now? How will you access one of them this week?
"The Ultimate Journey: Outward Bound"
Talk about an Ultimate Journey… for three years the disciples followed Jesus everywhere He went and had front-row seats for His teaching and miracles. Throughout Galilee and Jerusalem they traveled with Him on a literal journey, but each was also on a personal journey of his own. History tells us that by the end of their journeys these men were well on their way to changing the world for God, but they didn’t start out that way. At times they were startlingly childlike, and had to grow through the stages of maturity just like anyone else. But they had a master Teacher who saved one of His most powerful lessons for their last night together before His death.
LOOKING IT UP
· Read the following passages. For each, look for clues to help you asses where you think the disciples may have been in their growth (infant, child, young adult, parent):
o Mark 8:27-33
o Luke 9:12-17
o Luke 9:46-48
· Read John 13:1-15 and then answer the following questions:
o What lesson is Jesus particularly interested that the disciples learn?
o What can we learn about being a spiritual parent from the way Jesus engaged the disciples?
o What do verses 6-9 reveal to us about where Peter was in his growth?
How did Jesus’ interaction with him help Peter mature?
o Do you think it is significant that Jesus taught this particular lesson on His last night with them? Why?
o Do you struggle to follow Jesus’ example in this passage? Why or why not?
Posted on Mon, October 7, 2013
by Tom Oyler