God's desire is that we would be transformed into the image of Jesus, bearing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. This will happen as we ENGAGE in spiritual disciplines.
"How do I grow? What does a spiritually mature person even look like? Will I ever really be any different? ... The Christian gospel insists that transformation...really is possible. Never easy. Rarely quick. But possible...It begins to happen anytime people become intensely serious about learning from Jesus how to arrange their lives....The desire for transformation lies deep in every human heart." ~John Ortberg
Connecting with GOD
Spiritual disciplines help us connect with God. There are two main categories of spiritual discipline to consider:
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the brances. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. " John 15:4-5
- Engagement: intentionally doing things (ex. prayer, Bible study and worship).
- Abstinence: refraining from doing things (ex. fasting, solitude).
Connecting with CHURCH
In our fast-paced lives and demanding schedules, it takes a deliberate effort and well-designed plan to prioritize building relationships within the church family. Take advantage of fellowship times before and after services, small group studies, planned activities and events and get to know one another. Create opportunities: Invite someone to your home for dinner or meet at a restaurant.
"And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:24-25
Connecting with COMMUNITY
We must look deep within ourselves and rise to serve the needs of people. Serving is a way to treat people the way God wants to see them treated. It is the very essence of God's personality and it is very powerful.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Mark 10:45