God is concerned with both the global and local. He has the big picture but also the details of our everyday, ordinary lives. Jesus died for the sins of the world, and he also died for our personal sin. When you’re born again you have a very powerful encounter with God where you meet him and get to know him personally. Then he puts you into a spiritual family. God is not a negligent father who creates children and then leaves them to fend for themselves. He always wants them to be in a family so that they can grow, mature, develop and flourish as they should.
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
A plant in a pot has a desire to grow. It’s roots reach out to find life, nourishment and stability so that it can flourish. It is the same for us spiritually when we’re born again. We have a natural desire to grow spiritually so that we can produce and flourish. In order to grow we need to be taken out of our plant pot, our self-contained, safe space, and planted into the rich, nutritious soil of church. It is here that we bear fruit and move from being just consumers to producers. The fruit that you produce in your spiritual life is intended to feed others. It is not for you. A lettuce can’t eat itself. Are you flourishing and producing fruit? Are you planted?
Our partnership information classes are coming up on June 4th. 2017 and June 11th. 2017.
This is an invaluable time to find out more about Port Church and what being a partner looks like. Whether you are planted in Port Church, or another church, this information is so important! If you would like to attend then please RSVP, as lunch is provided, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.