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North Hills Family,
Happy 2015 everyone! I hope your holiday season has been good and you're ready for a new year of blessings and challenges.
I'm excited about what God has in store for this year as we seek to continue growing as individuals and in our relationships. I trust you've been blessed from putting into practice principles learned in our "Family Foundations" series, as well as our Christmas messages. May God be glorified in all that we do.
As elders, we've been thinking a lot about simplifying and clarifying how to go about fulfilling our mission to see Christ exalted and lives transformed in a way that is observable and measurable. What are some ways to tell if a person at North Hills is fulfilling this Biblical call?
While you will be hearing more about this in the near future, let me lay it out as simply as possible: WORSHIP, FELLOWSHIP, MINISTRY. Every program or activity must clearly fit into one of these categories to be considered as part of our church. In addition, individual growth will be measured by participation in each area. For example, a growing Christian will consistently attend/participate in Sunday corporate WORSHIP for prayer, praise, and proclamation of the Word.. Secondly, everyone will participate in a small group (Adult, women's, men's) to actively practice the "One another" FELLOWSHIP commands in Scripture. Thirdly, everyone will be actively involved in MINISTRY according to God's calling, in the church or in the community.
This means we will measure growth more along a horizontal axis (along these three areas), than along a vertical one (number attending). It also means some programs will be eliminated. We don't want to be "Busy-bodies" or call people to a chaotic schedule of church activities; our heart is to see growth in Christ.
So, here's the challenge at this point: Begin to pray about your spiritual growth and involvement at North Hills. Are you growing in worship, fellowship, and ministry? If so, how? What adjustments might you make in your schedule? Your priorities?
We realize that some have unique life situations that preclude them from participating as much as others. Maybe a weekly small group isn't possible for a season. That's ok as long as you are actively pursuing Biblical fellowship in some way that encourages growth. God knows our circumstances and will provide a way for all of His children to grow.
I look forward to 2015 as being a year for significant
growth as we continue building a community of faith, hope, and love, where Christ is exalted and lives are transformed.
Together in Him,
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