We spent a wonderful and relaxing week down at Indian Shores beach for the last week of summer vacation, but we had to get out of vacation mode fast when we got home because school started on Monday. Even though I used to complain about it as a kid, I always kind of liked it when school started again because it was a chance to make a fresh start, and to this day, even though I’m not starting a new school year, I always feel energized and excited at this time of year because it feels like a mini New Year that brings a chance for a fresh start on things. This is what I had in mind as I thought about the sermon series that we are starting today. We’ve had summer vacations and we’ve taken some time off from some of our regular church programming, but now after a break and some rest time, it’s time to reboot the system and get things running again in our lives.
In my own life, one of the systems that I tend to have difficulty maintaining is my spiritual life operating system. By that I mean, I tend to have difficulty keeping up with spiritual disciplines and habits that feed my soul and keep me close to Jesus and in a position to more easily receive his grace. I find that I must commit and recommit again and again to keeping up on daily practices because busyness, and tiredness, and other distractions become reasons that they get neglected. I’m sure no one here can relate. So, over the next 5 weeks when we find ourselves at sort of a natural new starting point with the beginning of a new school year and program year here in church, we’re going to be looking at 5 basic building blocks of discipleship – 5 things that we can commit or recommit to practicing and focusing on in our individual lives and in our life together as a faith community…See full sermon here