Sunday, January 3, 2010

Another Goal for 2010...

... involves my faith family, the Church @ Brook Hills. I didn't want to write about it until after today because I knew our pastor would be explaining everything in a little more detail. I am SO PUMPED to be a part of The Radical Experiment, a one-year commitment being taken on by members of our church (and a few other churches scattered around the country and even Canada!). The commitment is multi-faceted but the main purpose is to "spend our lives together for the sake of the church, the lost, and the poor around the world to the glory of God."

During this year, we will read through the entire Bible, in chronological order, at the same pace, and we will also have weekly teachings on what we are reading. Our pastor will preach on key passages that we've read the previous week, we will have specific small group discussions on the same passages, and the church as also given us a Family Worship Guide for worship time in our own homes so that we can be intentional about worshipping as a family, teaching our children the Word and the importance of a relationship with God, and growing closer along the way. Chad and I talked about so many ideas today in how we can disciple little Mary Ella and I am excited about what this year will bring. It's just exciting to know that there are thousands of people all over the country that will be reading and learning the same things through the Word and the Holy Spirit. Praise God for His word and His truths.

The experiment not only involves reading and learning and memorizing the Word, but also:
-praying for the entire world ( we will do this one country at a time)
-sacrificing our money for a specific purpose
-committing our lives to multiplying community
-and giving our time in another context (i.e. mission work/disciple making outside Birmingham)

The main goal, of course, (and I will quote my pastor on this), is NOT to be able to say we've read the entire Bible, or to see how many verses we can memorize, or to see how many missions we can go on or how many people we can baptize, or even to have a better church. The main goal is CHRIST. We want to know Him, to glorify Him, to make disciples in His name by living out His word in our communities, and to magnify Him always. There is a huge danger in thinking that what we DO can EARN FAVOR in God's eyes. God's pleasure in us is not based on our performance - praise the Lord - but based on what Christ did on the cross! We stand righteous before God because of what Christ has done, not because of what we can do. I find so much encouragement in this simple fact.

Praise God for His wonderful story of redemption.

If you would like to read through the entire Bible (in chronological order) in a year, you can click HERE for a daily reading guide.

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