Reflection: I thought I’d finish off this “Grow Up” series of studies about Christian maturity with an obvious choice. But please don’t take this selection from Hebrews 10 to be an “oh, and you can only really be a mature Christian if you always go to a local church” sucker-punch. Instead, as you reflect with me about the past two weeks of mulling over God’s call to us to grow and mature our faith in Christ, the thrust of Hebrews 10
(especially the last few sentences) should not hit like an annoying mandate. Isn’t it the point of these verses – that as we grasp and love the fact that Christian faith is a developing faith in which we refine with other believers – that we will WANT to meet often with those who also are called to nurture and nourish us? Drawing near to God together, through his son Jesus, is an ongoing process of deepening and advancing our faith – with fellow believers. Growing up never sounded so amazing.
Question: How can you foster a habit of meeting together with fellow believers, to spur each other on to love and good deeds?
Prayer: Dear God, I thank you again for sending Jesus Christ to be my saviour and that of the whole world. Guard me against any laziness or apathy about maturing my faith, and that of fellow believers. Instead, ignite my passion and perseverance for meeting often with brothers and sisters in Christ, so that we all grow up together in his light, love and lasting power. Amen.
We have been reading the Bible with Ben McEachen. Tomorrow we begin a new series, The Bible and Literacy, with Roy Williams.