GYMNASIUM FOR GODLINESS
Spiritual disciplines are biblical and habitual exercises that build inner strength and promote spiritual growth. The Apostle Paul challenged young Timothy, “… discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Tim. 4:7). Simply having a spiritual regimen doesn’t make us godly (that’s the mistake of the Pharisees), but its habitual practice lays a firm foundation that enables the fruit of godly character. In a nutshell, these spiritual workout sessions “put us in a place where we can notice God and respond to His word to us” (Calhoun). And that’s what keeps us growing strong!
So church, if you’re willing, let’s hit the gym—God’s gym!
In the New Testament, philoxenia is normally translated to "hospitality." In Greek, it would be spelled as "love for strangers". As a community of Christ-followers, we encourage you to embark with us on this faith commitment to renew our campus. We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting our project through pledging to give financially. Let this be a means to a further end as we reach out to more neighbors, familiar or not. Let us seek to be a church that fosters a welcoming environment that effectively serves our community for the glory of God.
For those who were not able to make pledges last November 25, you may still do so and drop the pledge cards in the offering plate.
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:15-17)