Bethel Logo

Our Blog

Pastor's Notes

Check out our new blog! Come back daily to see new posts and subscribe to our RSS feed.
View RSS Feed

Archives

Categories

  • Jan26Fri

    Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

    Intentional Faith Development January 26, 2018 Pastor Eric Groot-Nibbelink

    “But grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and evermore. Amen.”  Peter closes out his second letter with these words.  They encourage each of us as individuals and also as whole communities following Jesus not to be passive but active and intentional in developing our relationship with God and his people and developing discipleship, our walk with Jesus. 

        Psalm 1 encourages us to be as a tree planted and rooted in God and his ways.   Knowledge of the ways of God is deepened by meditating on those ways regularly and by journeying through life alongside people who similarly plant themselves by the streams of God and his grace in Jesus.   It is for God’s glory and our joy that we actively seek to mature in our faith and life through individual and communal study of the Bible, prayer, mutual care and acts of service for the spread of the gospel and God’s kingdom. 

       “The second chapter of Acts reports people gathering in home and temple to learn from the disciples.  The community provided a supportive network for testing ideas, gaining from other people’s experiences, sharing the love of Christ, and holding one another accountable to following Christ.” (R.Schnase) -EGN

       If you’d like to engage in more reflection on this theme, check out the following Bible readings:  Psalm 1, 2 Peter 3:14-18; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25