Social storms surround us as the culture attempts to redefine faith and morality. Christians are confused, wondering how to respond to the changing winds of society. Some run and hide from the danger, choosing isolation over confrontation. Others respond in fear, which inevitably leads to aggression. Still, more are blown back and forth by the winds of public opinion. Sadly, their faith is not rooted in the Word of God.
So, how should we respond? First, we must resist the temptation to selfishly turn inward in isolation, but we must also remember that our church’s first priority is not to simply grow bigger. Instead, God is leading us to Grow Deeper.
Imagine with me, the resurrected Jesus, now standing on a mountain in Galilee overlooking the Sea. Preparing for his departure, the Savior proceeds to give final instructions to his closest followers. These words, from Matthew 28:19-20, have become all too familiar: Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
Our church is not just praying for a season of spiritual improvement. We are seeking God for a lasting strategy of Disciple Making. We don’t want to just Reach, we want to Teach people across the Upstate to love and live for Jesus. We are Growing Deeper!
– Pastor Wayne Bray