Recently the elders and ministers have been working together to glean from God’s word some specific goals for spiritual growth at Northeast in 2018. Richard Bonner shared those goals during the Sunday morning service on December 31. However, we know many were traveling or absent that day and we want to communicate these goals to everyone in the congregation.
If you are a member at Northeast, these are spiritual growth goals from God’s plan for our lives that we want to focus on for our congregation in the coming year. Upon these goals we are developing a curriculum for adult education classes that will encompass the suggestions you recently gave for class topics. The curriculum will be aimed at helping every member at Northeast grow spiritually in these areas. If you are reading this and are not a member at Northeast, we hope you will find amongst these goal some worthy areas that you may wish to concentrate on in the coming year also.
The adult curriculum will start later in January and you will hear more about it between now and then. You are urged to be in prayer about our goals and to pledge to participate in adult education classes in the coming year to enhance your spiritual growth and the growth of the congregation.
The specific goals for spiritual growth for Northeast are:
- To have a deeper relationship with God
James 4:8 tells us “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” We resolve to grow our relationships with God by delving deeper into his will, by knowing what we believe and why, and by practicing our religion.
- To have a heart that cares for others
Luke 10:25-37 contains the parable of the good Samaritan. We want to train our hearts to look at others as the Samaritan did and we want to “Go and do likewise.”
- To have unity at Northeast with God and with each other
In John 17:20-23, Jesus prayed we would be unified as He and the Father are. We want to strive for that great unity at Northeast. Not just the absence of conflict, but the unity of mind, purpose, and spirit.
- To develop a better understanding of our discipleship
John 8:31-32 describes how true disciples follow his teachings, growing to be like Jesus. We want to have the proper master / student relationship with Jesus.
- To develop a better understanding of our responsibility to disciple others
We are to be the “reliable people” of 2 Timothy 2:2. God has entrusted his message to us and we want to strive to teach and admonish each other in a loving way as we all grow to be more like the master.
- To achieve greater effectiveness in reaching the lost
In growing spiritually as described above, we have faith God will move among us to strengthen us in our efforts to reach to the lost for Him.
Whether you are a member or not, we hope these thoughts and plans touch you. Please be in prayer about it and please pledge to participate in adult education classes in the coming year to enhance your spiritual growth.
The Elders at Northeast