Minister's Message






A Message from Rick Mosher

This month two major highways in our area have road construction going on in the form of resurfacing. It causes some momentary inconvenience but will result in better or more enduring pavement.

As I thought about the road construction, I thought about how similar this is to our Christian lives. We don’t become strong and mature in Christ the second we rise from the waters of baptism. It takes ongoing spiritual growth for us to become strong and mature. Sometimes this takes a period of even years. The Apostle Paul, in writing to the Galatians referred to this when he said to them in Galatians 4.19, “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.”

Some refer to this road construction of the soul, this growth process in Christians, as “spiritual formation”. Whatever we call it, it’s important it happens in our lives. Like road construction, it might not always be convenient. It requires time, time spent in Bible study, prayer, and attendance at worship and study opportunities. It also requires effort, getting out and actually serving, learning and growing by doing. However, like with the roads, the end result is beneficial.

Peter spoke of this process that I urge us all to pursue when he wrote in II Peter 2.3-8: His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May we all have some construction going on in our lives, this month and always!

I have written about Christian growth, however I am always mindful of any reading this page who need the salvation Jesus died on the cross and arose from the dead to provide. If you are looking for more information on giving your life to Jesus and receiving salvation in Him, check out our Plan of Salvation page on this web site. If we can assist you in obeying the Gospel, contact us.

CREDITS:  All Scripture references are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

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