How Do People Grow?
We throw the "grow" word around a good bit. Specifically, we talk about a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. But what exactly does that mean? What exactly is growing?
Over the next few months at Church on Tap we'll discuss five primary things God uses to grow our faith. These five things are not listed anywhere in the Bible. We discovered them by observing how God works in the lives of believers - and even unbelievers. We are not proposing that these are the only leverage points God uses. But every time someone recounts his or her faith journey, at least one of these five dynamics is part of the story. They are:
PRACTICAL TEACHING (Feb 22)
PROVIDENTIAL RELATIONSHIP (Mar 29)
PRIVATE DISCIPLINES (Apr 26)
PERSONAL MINISTRY (May 31)
PIVOTAL CIRCUMSTANCES (Jun 28)
We hope you'll join with us in this journey. Why? Because your faith in God matters to God. In fact, God is most honoured through your living, active, death-defying, out-of-the-box faith. That being the case, he's committed to growing it — BIG.
Religion says, Change and you can join us. Jesus says,Join us and you will change. There's a huge difference. Jesus doesn't expect you to be perfect. He just wants you to follow him. The mistakes we've made don't disqualify us from following him. Even being an unbeliever doesn't disqualify us from following him. In fact, following almost always begins with a sinner taking one small step. Lots of people think Christianity is all about doing what Jesus says. But what if doing what Jesus says isn't what Jesus says to do at all? Regardless of what you believe. Regardless of how you behave. Jesus invites you to follow him.
This Fall at Church On Tap, we will be asking the question: "Where are our Millenials?" Most churches report that the young Christians (those who were raised in church, 18-30 year olds)are noticeably absent in many congregations. Why is this? Where did they go? Was it something we did or said? Will they come back? With the help of researcher David Kinnaman we will explore why young Christians are leaving church. More importantly, we will explore how the church can reach this important demographic with the good news of the gospel in a way that speaks to their current experience and our culture today.
Without intending to, Christianity won the West. It toppled the Roman Empire. And it did so without raising a sword. What was the secret of the early church's influence? And where did we go wrong? This week at Church on Tap we discover the secret (which happens to be a lesson for us about judging others.) This may be exactly where the church has gone wrong. . .
Video teaching by Andy Stanley... see the link below:
“The Disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26) From this one verse of scripture we come to an uncomfortable truth. Before the word Christian was ever used, the word "disciple" was used to describe the followers of Jesus. It’s an uncomfortable for us because “Christian” is a pretty flexible word these days. You can define it, redefine it, misdefine it; you can hide behind the name “Christian”, and do all sorts of things in the name of Christianity. You can even go to war in under the name “Christian” : But you can’t do the same thing with the word “disciple”. Using a video from teacher Andy Stanley, join us Sunday night at 8 p.m. at the Canalside as we seek to find out more about this word “Disciple” and how it challenges our lifestyles as Christians.”
Lorenzo is a deacon at St. J & B Anglican Church in Port Colborne. He has a passion for serving God and now, after serving as the monthly coordinator, will be hosting Church on Tap.