"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." ~ Hebrews 12:11
Jacked Series Summary...
When you get people talking about their faith,
then step back and look for principles,
a clear picture begins to take shape:
God consistently uses the same 5 things to grow faith.
Every person's story is unique,
but these workout principles appear consistently:
(Thanks for Northpoint Church for the alliteration.)
This is where we encourage you each week to celebrate the work of Jesus:
our justification, by faith, for salvation.
Then commit to your own workout, your sanctification:
"...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. ~ Philippians 2:12-13
Partners in Training
Just as you need lifting partners or teammates to accel in sports,
you need partners to grow your faith. You need to get face to face, and real, with other people who want to move toward God. We encourage you to do this through one of our Life Groups.
Or joining one of our Sunday Teams, like the Worship Team, or the First Impressions Team, or the Family Ministry Team.
Or join the Women's Bible study.
Or the Art Journaling Group.
Or our Wednesday Prayer Gathering.
Or start your own!
Invite a few friends form Apex to get together,
have coffee or a meal,
talk and pray!
We encouraged you to start a 15 minute (minimum) workout with God 5 days (minimum) a week.
Pick your time.
Pick your place.
Start with your affirmations.*
Read the bible.
Say your prayers.
Want to take it to the next level-
include some type of FASTING as a weekly devotion.
ANd don't forget your RECOVERY day!
Sometimes the most faith-growing experiences or events are unexpected and unplanned. But because you are already working out, you're ready.
The job loss.
The broken relationship...
God will use pivotal circumstances to deepen our faith when we walk with him through the setbacks of life.
Now you're ready to get in the game!
Do something BY FAITH:
- Start a Life Group.
- Commit to giving a tithe to the church.
- Volunteer with the SWSN.
- Forgo the vacation and go on a mission trip.
- Tell someone that Jesus loves them!
Owning your faith means owning your personal calling and ministry.
It looks different for everyone,
but everyone is created and called to serve!
I hope that these principles will become a part of your life,
and a part of the mission of Apex.
We really do want everyone engaged,
or as our vision states:
A BRINGER to Worship
A PARTICIPANT in a Group
A SERVANT on a Ministry Team
A GIVER to God through the local church
A PASTOR to their family, friends and neighbors
I am a part of the body of Christ.
Christ loves me, died for me, rose for me, is coming back for me.
Without me Christ's body is broken.
I accept my life and embrace my calling.
I have all that I need to do all that I'm called.
I do not need to (insert your idol or addiction here).
Now lead someone to Jesus today!