This winter, Kasi and I were able to go to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and experience the breathtaking views of God’s creation. No picture can capture the beauty and sheer size of this canyon. And what struck me was that this canyon was formed by a consistent water source. In a similar way, human beings are being formed by consistent habits and actions whether positive or negative. One of my favorite passages in all of the bible reminds us that the company we keep has significant consequences.
“Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.” (Proverbs 13:20 Message Translation)
Formation is extremely important, but grossly undervalued in our culture today. We are captured by stories of the American Dream of rags to riches, but we are unable at the same time to love those closest to us. Our bank accounts may be full, but so many are alienated, without hope and devoid of healthy relationships. The real sticking point in our lives is that we value stuff over character formation. Furthermore, poverty, is usually defined, not by lack of resources, but being without healthy relationships. Indeed, as you embrace healthy community, God provides deep enriching and lasting change. And we know that the wisest one we can walk with is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Coming up on first week in February, we have the opportunity to grow in loving God and loving our neighbor in our small group ministry! In addition to weekly worship, these groups function as the womb of the faith. God is shaping and forming us in his image through cognitive development (study), adoration of God (Prayer), and concrete deeds of love (Mission). We are excited to continue to meet together as a family in the faith, and we hope that you will join us all in 2019 to share our lives in Christ. You will never be the same if you take the step to join one of our life-giving groups.