Last night at our church we began a new round of small groups and the one that I chose to attend is one that our pastor is leading on what true church membership is like. The group is based on a study of the book, “I am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer. The book itself is a small book that is a very easy read, evidenced by the fact that I got it last night and am almost done reading it at the writing of this blog post. The book is a great reminder to those of us who have been involved in church life for so long about what true participation and growing as a church member looks like. It also is a great introduction into what a church member should be to new Christians who are considering joining a church. Some of the basic things discussed in the book are bing a functioning church member, not letting church be about our own preferences and desires, praying for our leaders, leading our families to be healthy members, and viewing church membership as a gift and not a right. Through just reading I have already been challenged to grow in my role as a believer and church member. I highly recommend reading this book and also doing a study on it in your church. I am really excited to see how God is going to use it in my church and am looking forward to the next several weeks of discussion!
Over the past couple of weeks I have shared with you some of my goals and self challenges for 2014. I am challenging myself to drop a minimum of 40 lbs. in 90 day. Also, I am challenging myself with the book shelf challenge where I am trying to fill up an empty book shelf with all the books I am going to read this year. Both of those challenges have gotten off to a great start. That being said, I have also challenged myself with another resolution this year. The resolution/challenge to e a better note taker. I have attended church my whole life, and sad to say, unless note sheets were handed out, I have always struggled to take notes in the service. Don’t get me wrong, I pay close attention and have grown much through the various pastors and speakers that I have heard over the years. However, writing down notes and listening at the same time have been a struggle. As a result I know I have forgotten many things that would have been a huge help in my walk with Christ. I want 2014 to be different for me, I want to become a note taker. I began this challenge by going to the store and finding a nice note book that I could keep with my Bible to take with me to church, seminars, conferences, or wherever I might find myself sitting under Biblical teaching. Like my other two challenges I have gotten off to a great start and have found myself reusing my notes in personal studies and my devotions for my FCA students. I am excited to see how this can help me grow closer to my Lord and Savior. Challenger #3 be a better note taker is in full swing!