Gratitude

Learning the discipline of gratitude is not only an act of worship, but it is formative in our spiritual lives. When we fail to practice gratitude, we develop undue attachments and chase after desires that are never fulfilled. However, when we practice gratitude, we are able to say that we are content in all circumstances because we recognize the blessing and grace of Jesus in our lives.

The Way: The Holy Spirit - Part 2

Teaching, practice and community are vital to our spiritual formation. However, if all we do is engage those three things in our strength, we still wouldn't become like Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit is the fuel for our transformation. The way He works in "the moment" is important, but it's even more important to see how He works “in the moment after the moment."

The Way: The Holy Spirit

Teaching, practice and community are vital to our spiritual formation. However, if all we do is engage those three things in our strength, we still wouldn't become like Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit is the fuel for our transformation. He works in us both in crisis and progressive experiences, working in us individually and as a part of the body of Christ.

The Way: Do What Jesus Did

The startling declaration of Jesus to His disciples is that they/we would do even greater things than He did. The death of Jesus is a sacrifice for our sin and a gateway to the Father. The life of Jesus is a model for what it means to live as One led and controlled by the power of the Holy Spirit. As we recognize the power for Jesus' life, we are called to respond to His invitation into that same kind of life.

The Way: Be with Jesus

If we are to be apprentices of the Way of Jesus, our first step is simply to be with Him. This was the invitation given to the earliest disciples, and it's our invitation as well. We are called to constantly live in two places at once—where we are physically and also in the presence of Jesus. It's His presence that changes us. Too often we jump to the actions of the apprentice without first spending time with the Master.

The Way: Choosing Apprenticeship

Jesus' invitation to His first disciples is the same invitation given to us today: follow Him and become His apprentices. We are invited to be with Him, to become like Him, and to ultimately do what He did. The intentional choice is foundational for us to follow the Way because His way is the only pathway to the fullness of life.

What's in a Name?

The Importance of a Name: There are many instances in the Old Testament when God named people… but then He changed the name! While there are many choices of names, it matters what name is given to each of us.

Two Great Names:“Immanuel” and “Jesus” are names given to the Son of God and are vital in giving us understanding that God being with us paves the way for God saving us.

The Secret Name: In Revelation, we discover that God has a name for us that only He knows. This God-given name is promised to those who overcome and endure to the end.

Foundations

Following Jesus isn’t simply an addition to a busy life or a way of thinking or believing. Rather, it’s a recognition of my sin and need of grace along with an acknowledgement that the source of that grace is the source of  life itself. We are each called to step into that life.