In our January sermon series, Sacred Rhythms, we’re talking about connecting with God through cultivating a lifestyle that makes room for God. Traditionally, one would call these rhythms “spiritual disciplines.” The Christian faith isn’t so much about what you believe as it is a personal relationship. The writer of Proverbs puts it this way: “Iron sharpens iron.” Who you spend time with changes who you are and how you live. Being a Christian (i.e. a devoted follower of Christ) is not so much about what you believe but how interact with the One with whom you place your faith and build your belief system.
The 18th Century preacher and evangelist, John Wesley, identified 5 practices for growing in our faith. He called them Means of Grace. He didn’t invent them. In fact, these are practices handed down from both Judaism and the early church. But he considered them to be gifts from God because they help us connect to Jesus and grow our relationship to him, transform us into His likeness and be obedient to God. They enable us to make ourselves regularly available to God and to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
This new year, we will learn how to cultivate a lifestyle (i.e. invest ourselves in and then benefit from new changes) that makes room for God through these Sacred Rhythms… and in so doing, we become devoted follower of Christ.
OUR THEME SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3:18 Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to him both now and forever. Amen.