“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for evermore! Amen. (II Peter 3:18)
Peter concluded his second letter with a challenge for his hearers to continue to grow in their faith in the Lord. At the beginning of his letter he assured believers that all they needed could be found in their Savior when he said, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (II Peter 1:3)
Redeemer Baptist Church is committed to glorify God and advance His Kingdom by making disciples. Those who serve together at Redeemer want the world to see us as a caring family of growing Christians reflecting Christ’s love. We need to continue to grow in Christ if our Mission and Vision as a church is to be carried out.
One strategy to deal with spiritual growth involves active participation in the 5 W’s. They are:
Worship – Acknowledge God’s Presence (Psalm 96:9)
Word – Learn God’s Truth (II Timothy 3:16-17)
Wait [Prayer] – Enlist God’s Power (Ephesians 6:18)
Witness – Proclaim God’s Salvation (I Peter 3:15)
Work – Serve Your Savior (Mark 10:45)
We encourage growth in these foundational practices in the life of a Christian.
Please take full advantage of upcoming opportunities to grow in your faith this month. Here are a few highlights for you to consider:
February 10th – Gary Sandmann is a missionary from Monterrey, Mexico (Josiah Quant’s friend). He will be with us after the worship service to tell us about his work there. Josiah and Natali have served alongside Gary on several occasions.
February 17 – Andy Naselli is an Assistant Professor of New Testament and Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary. (He is one of Jon’s professors.) He will preach and teach at our church on this day. Andy’s title for his message is – “The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer.” He is also an author and is currently working on a book related to the Biblical theology of the serpent. Following the service, Andy will help deepen our faith with a lesson on how to ‘do theology.’
February 24 – Hymn Sing and Testimonies - We plan to hear testimonies from several who desire to be baptized. Some will also be joining our church that day. We trust it will be a day of being enriched for all those who desire to ‘grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’