Pastor Tim

And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).

Most of the Christmas story comes from chapter two of the Gospel of Luke. However, the last verse of that chapter leads us perfectly into the New Year. The chapter goes from a preborn Jesus to Jesus’ birth to Jesus being presented at the temple according to the Law. Luke 2:40 says, “The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.” Then the chapter jumps to Jesus being twelve years old in the temple teaching. Upon His parents finding him and taking him home to Nazareth, verse fifty-two says that He kept increasing in wisdom and in favor with God and men.

My point is that there was a need for a lot of growth after Christmas. If Jesus needed to grow, how much more do we need to grow in wisdom and in favor with God and men? This New Year offers several opportunities to grow.

Adult Sunday school will be studying out of a very Biblically-centered book called Call to Growth. This study is complete with class teaching and discussion as well as a weekly short reading that will stretch and bless you. It also includes simple weekly Scripture memory verses. I was greatly blessed the first time I went through this study. However, I’m sure many will miss out on the blessing and not attend. Which will you be?

Another opportunity is the small group study being offered on the nights of Sunday, Monday and Wednesday as well as Wednesday morning. This study includes video teaching from Chip Ingram and Bible discussion. It is called Doing Good – What Happens When Christians Live Like Christians?

And yet another opportunity includes our Transition Sunday school class on January 6 with Dr. Scott Abrams presenting Freedom from Drug Addiction. This will be a first-hand account of drug addiction and finding freedom and victory in Jesus. Come to hear Dr. Abrams’ testimony and ask questions. The purpose of Transitions is to understand the life of all generations from a Biblical perspective.

Will 2019 be a year where you increase in wisdom and in favor with God and men or will you follow a direction that lives outside of Jesus’ lifestyle? That may seem like a very challenging question, but why wouldn’t you want to grow in wisdom and favor?

First Peter 2:2-3 says, “Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good.” The Lord is good and he has blessing waiting for you.

Aren’t you glad that Jesus didn’t quit with Christmas? Praise God that He kept increasing in wisdom and favor with God and men all the way to the cross, resurrection and to the right hand of the Father. There is no doubt that goodness is waiting those who will follow in His steps.

May the New Year be a Renewed Year!              Pastor Tim