God Has An Agenda For You.
Everyone loves babies. They are so cute and adorable. However, it’s not good for babies to stay babies. For example, if a parent never helped their baby grow up into a fully formed adult we wouldn’t think much of those parents. Similarly, if God didn’t ever want us to grow up into full maturity as a man or woman, we wouldn’t think much of God’s love for us. God’s agenda is for us to grow up in our faith in him. His desire is for us is to live deep, mature lives not lacking in anything (James 1:2-4). He loves us as we are (meaning that he doesn’t require anything from us to start our journey), and his agenda is to help us grow up into our full maturity.
Getting In On God’s Growth Agenda Doesn't Mean We Get Busy Doing Christian Things.
The maturity that God has in mind for us is not something we work at as much as we let God work at on our behalf. It is like having surgery. A patient’s role is to lay still on the table, and the surgeon does all the real work of making us whole again. The same is true when it comes to growing in our faith. Our role is to present ourselves to God, and God’s role is to make us whole in him. It isn’t our work that makes us mature, it is learning to trust in God’s work in us.
Getting In On God’s Growth Agenda Means Being Connected To Jesus.
Trusting God’s work to make us mature means living in a vital relationship with Jesus. Jesus told his followers that in order to grow up into maturity, you have to be vitally connected to him. John records Jesus’ words in John 15:4, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Notice that Jesus didn’t say we were to work hard taping fruit on our lives. No, Jesus said that the fruit (the evidence of our maturity) only comes when we allow the life giving nutrients of our relationship with Jesus to flow through us.
We Want To Help You Go From Where You Are To Where God Wants You To Be.
Essentially, we want to help you remain in a relationship with Jesus, so that he can do his maturing work in you. It’s impossible to do this alone. We need true friends who will help us remain connected to Jesus. People who will speak the truth in love as well as people who know us deep enough to spot the fruit in our lives that Jesus is developing. Our community groups strive to be communities that help people remain in Jesus, so we can help each other go from where we are today to where God wants us to be.