Spiritual Maturity and Suffering

     If you were with us at our gathering this past Sunday, you know we spoke about Colossians 1:24-29. Here are just a few thoughts that have been stirring in me. As you read them, consider with whom you might share them. Who in your life needs to know one or more of these?…


  Spiritual maturity is measured not by the number of Bible studies weve done, but by how deeply we know Christs love and how fully we love him back.

  Maturity is reflected in how quickly we turn back to him when we stray; it reveals how much we trust his love.

  All the right behaviors flow out of knowing Christ’s love, just like Jesus said in John 14:23-24. Go after knowing his love.

  Our suffering is the like black velvet against which the diamond of Christs love and sufficiency shines brightly.

  Its not so much in our strength and personal comfort that others see Christ, but rather in our suffering and weakness.

  Our suffering has meaning and worth in the kingdom of God. Its not wasted.

  Get into Colossians 2 with me this week. Click here to download our Bible study.


Don’t forget that this Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. we’ll have our second and last Q&A session regarding the Annual Report for 2014 and the Budget for 2015. Check out both by clicking here. I think you’ll be moved by what the Lord has done in us and through us. We’ll be affirming the budget in both the gatherings this Sunday.



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