Someone once famously said, "We are what we love!" What is meant by that is whatever we give our love to, becomes the preoccupation of our lives. What and who we love directs our life's activities and focus.
Thornapple Covenant Church believes that the most central reality of all of life, both past and present, is God and God's love for the world. One of the central parts of our mission is to "grow disciples who are rooted in and moved by the love of God." If it is true that we are what we love, our desire at Thornapple is to see people love God in response to God's gracious and powerful love in Christ. The apostle Paul captures our hope the best when he says, "I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the Lord's people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." Ephesians 3:17-18. There are several ways to grow in God's love. Here are a few suggestions:
Cultivate an awareness of God's love through the practice of prayer. Click here for resources.
Do a Book Club together and read "Surrender to Love" by David Benner.
Gather on Sunday to worship and love God.
"Right on the cusp of a brand new beginning. Can be... intimidating. There will be resolutions and plans and words - needed ones, good ones, life-changing ones. And just maybe... the Cliff Notes version of everything boils down to one plan, one word, one commitment, just to keep whispering this over & over again: Jesus. Time with Him, keeping company with Him, walking with Him, resting in Him, living in Him, growing in Him, changing in Him, becoming like Him.
It's okay... deep breath. You don't have to get overwhelmed: you only have to hold on to one thing: JESUS. And the grace of it is? *He's already holding on to you.*
New Beginning, New You: Just Jesus...." by Ann Voskamp