Pastor's Weekly Message February 14, 2016
"40 Days of Transformation: Spending Time with the Master"
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! We are in the midst of our 40 Days of Transformation, Spiritual Growth campaign and at the center of our endeavor is the cross of Jesus Christ. Over the next six weeks we will be studying the "Disciple's Cross" and among other things it is a visual representation of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is my prayer that we will all learn how the cross of Jesus Christ visually represents what it means to be His disciple.
The first week's lesson is that we need to spend time with the Master. We all know that when we talk about love -- if we really love someone -- that it is spelled T-I-M-E. This says that if we love someone, then we are willing to spend quality time with them. This certainly is true of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is always there to spend time with us, but the bigger question is, are we available to spend quality with Him?
As we examine the life of Jesus, we know that he would often go to solitary places to spend quality time alone with God the Father, and we must do the same. Indeed, Jesus said, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). This scripture is the key to becoming a transformed disciple of Jesus Christ because transformation is not something that we produce on our own. However, transformation occurs as we are attached to and spend time quality time in communion with the Lord through the Holy Spirit. The more time we spend with Him -in worship, in prayer, in solitude -- the more transformed our lives will become!
I encourage you to join with us in our study over the next six weeks. There is a lesson for each day beginning with tomorrow. Please pick-up a copy of the workbook (we'll have copies to share with you following the worship service. You can click here for a sample) and join with a small group. Also, pray that God will move mightily in our midst in the days ahead!
Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.