Keith Short writes . . .
I met a young couple in Aberdeen recently who told me about their church, and how as a couple they felt that the church had invested in them. This both challenged and inspired me, because my vision and dream is that St John’s will increasingly become a church that invests in people, enabling them to become all that God intends them to be. One of the ways that we seek to invest in people is through Ignite. You will be hearing a lot about Ignite over the next few weeks. Discipleship is not just about preparing you for church, or making you fit for heaven. It’s about living life, at home, at work and in the community. As 2 Corinthians 3: 18 points out, in seeing us become more like Jesus.
The thing I realise as I get older is that you are never to old to learn. The expectation in the New Testament is one of continual growth and a life time of learning. We are encouraged in Romans 12:2 to present our bodies as living sacrifices to God. There is an intentionality about that statement. The verse goes on to explain that as we do, we will be able to discern the will of God. God wants us to know his will and wants us to keep growing, but we have to play our part. It doesn’t just happen.