If you haven’t noticed we have a new theme here at Grace Baptist Church, “Come Grow with Grace.” It’s on our website, bulletins, and our new church sign.
It’s also in the Bible in case you were wondering: 2 Peter 3:18 – Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jesus talked a lot about growing. He was a part of a culture that had deep ties to the land. In one of those parables he talked about soil and seeds. Read it with me:
Matthew 13:3-8 - “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
We are going to work hard here at Grace to scatter lots of seeds and to prepare and fertilize the soil. It’s up to God to make it grow, but we are going to be faithful to do our part. If you are not sure how to do either of those thing then come and talk to me. I would love to help you find your place in this family.
We have also adopted the image of a tree with deep roots.
There is a lot of biblical symbolism in the image of a tree. One of God’s first acts was to plant a garden with trees for shade and trees with every kind of fruit for our enjoyment. In Revelation the city of God will have the Tree of Life at its center bearing fruit and bringing healing.
I love the imagery of Jeremiah 17:8 - They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
I hope that you will make deep roots here at Grace Baptist Church. It is my prayer that we all can grow deep in the Lord together and when the heat of life gets turned up on us we can find that The Spring we have tapped into never runs dry.