Friday, June 06, 2014 1:09 PM
As I knelt down at the altar during corporate prayer time before classes and service last Sunday morning, I distinctly and quickly heard these words: "Go deeper."
When I began as pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship six years ago, I heard a very similar instruction: "Embrace the Deep." At the time, I launched a series of teachings with that title, and it seems we've touched on and revisited and dug into the topic of a deep, meaningful and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ frequently during these six years.
So when I heard the instruction "Go deeper" on Sunday, it gave me pause. "Haven't we already done this?" I found myself asking.
I told the church during morning and evening services about the word. "Get ready to go deeper, everybody." I know the word was for me, but I've learned that often if it's for me, it's also for all of us. As I studied this week, I gained new and yes, deeper, insights into familiar - and some of my favorite - scriptures about living life in the deep.
So this Sunday, the title of my message is "The Cost of Going Deeper." Yes, there is a cost. In time. In surrender. In obedience. In denial. In many things.
If you're ready to go deeper - and even if you're not but are perhaps a little hungry or curious or just interested - and you don't have a church to call home - or you just want to check us out - then consider joining us this week. Doors open at 9 for prayer (or coffee) or both; small groups are at 9:30. Corporate worship starts at 10:30. Not sure what all is on tap for evening service, but it starts at 7. Everybody is welcome just as you are.