Growing in Focus
Growing is one of the frequently used words we have heard during our faith journey, individually and communally in the church. And there have been various understandings of growth due to different expectations and needs, asking a question of what, when, why, and how.
“Growing,” is our focus in mission and ministry of the church for 2020, aligned to our vision statement, “Growing into a most vibrant, joyful Christian community, united in loving service to our neighbors, for the glory of God,” which was approved by Church Council in 2018. What do we grow to?
Growing in focus is what we discern, following the biblical vision,” until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and became nature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:13).
Jesus Christ is the goal for us to grow toward, and he is the role model for us to grow in our faith and actions. “We will in all things grow up to him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15). Growth in Christian faith begins with our loving relationship with Jesus Christ, from which growth is built up in individual character, in words and actions, and in the mission and ministry of the church. Growing is the grace of God and the work of God in us through Jesus Christ. “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
“Growing in Focus,” is our new sermon series for February with four focal points of growing, growing into Christ for Christian character, growing in compassion for Christian witness and evangelism, growing in Generosity for Christian life style, and Growing in Discipleship for Christian Calling.
I invite you to come to worship each Sunday and join with me in prayer, meditation, and in reflection on growing in Christian faith. And I hope this would be an opportunity for all to grow deep and wide in faith. My final thought is the prayer of Apostle Paul for Christians in Ephesian church,
“ For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19, NIV)
Let’s get growing in Christ,
Moonsup “Paul” Song