One of the central claims of the Christian faith is the idea that we are most alive when we follow Jesus well, not just on Sunday, but in the course of our everyday lives. Now, if that is true, then we need to have some practical steps that we can take in order to be a better followers of Jesus. Over the course of Christian history, there have been certain habits that everyone agrees will help you become a better disciple. We know that we are supposed to have a deep and meaningful prayer life. We all understand the centrality of reading Scripture on a routine basis. There are other practices I could mention (and I will preach about many of them over the next two months), but it is one thing to know you should do something and something entirely different to actually engage in the practice.

I can’t tell you the number of people that I talk to who don’t even know where to begin with the basic disciplines of our faith. Far too many people haven’t been given any practical advice on how to actually become a better disciple!  As you are all aware by this point, we are currently in an eight-week sermon series where I am talking about practical ways that this year can be your best year of following Jesus. On Sunday, I talked about prayer. My hope is that it was an incredibly practical sermon that can help you with prayer each and every day. If you missed it (and I know LOTS of you weren’t in the room Sunday) go to our website and catch up on what you missed.

While most of you know that I am preaching a sermon series on the Disciplines, I want to make sure that you are also aware that on Wednesday nights, Laurel Landon and I are teaching a Wednesday night series that follows along with the sermons I am preaching on Sunday. While I am trying my best to be “boots on the ground” practical with my Sunday morning series, Wednesday night gets into even greater detail on how you can become a more faithful disciple. We meet at 6:00 in the Storey Chapel and we try to wrap up each evening by 6:45. Today will be our third session and each of the first two have been excellent! We would love for you to join us, not only on Sunday, but also each Wednesday night.

As we make our way through the first part of January, I want you to know how grateful I am to be the pastor of such an amazing congregation. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Grace and Peace,