I am very excited to start as the pastor of River47. Thank you for inviting me to be the pastor of your church. I am humbled and honored to serve you.
Part of my excitement for our start together is beginning to dig into God's Word with you as a church family. This summer we're going to be entering into a 10-week series on the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Why did I pick this to be our first sermon series together? Well, in answer to that I'll ask another question, What is the goal of the spiritual journey that God has us on as Christ-followers? Is it not to be conformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18, Ephesians 4:11-16)? The goal of the spiritual journey is to become like Christ. The process of growing in spiritual maturity is becoming more and more like Christ.
C.S. Lewis writes that "the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose." It is my prayer that this is the burning passion of our church, to draw others to Christ and to become "little Christs." And there are not many better places to start in learning to take on the character of Jesus than by focusing on the fruit of the Spirit. Because it's in the fruit of the Spirit that we see the traits of what it means to be transformed into the character of Jesus. This is God's desire for all our lives.
I so look forward to seeing all that God has in store for us as a church family. And I so look forward to being with you on Sundays as we take the exciting journey together of growing more and more into the fullness of the image of Christ.