Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Becoming More Christ-Like

According to Got there are three things which are the most significant contributors to our becoming more Christlike: our surrender to God, our freedom from sin, and our spiritual growth.

Becoming more Christlike happens only if we surrender to God.
Romans 12:1-2 says that worship involves a total self-dedication to God. We volunteer our bodies as “living sacrifices,” and our minds are renewed and transformed. As John the Baptist said, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30), so we focus more and more on Jesus and His glory, losing ourselves in His will. 

Becoming more Christlike is the result of freedom from sin. Since Jesus lived a sinless life, the more we consider ourselves “dead to sin” (Romans 6:11) and live a life of purity, the more like Jesus we will be. As we offer ourselves to God, sin is no longer our master and through Christ have the power to turn away from sin.    Becoming more Christlike requires our Christian growth. When we are first saved, we are immature in wisdom and knowledge and inexperienced in grace and love. But  if we commit ourselves to growing up in our faith through Bible study, prayer and fellowship with other believers then we will grow in spiritual maturity. In each of these three areas, our charge is to become stronger—and more Christlike. “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Last Sunday Pastor Brant Rice shared with the C3 congregation that if we are to be “like” Christ we need to be forgiving as he has forgiven. Tomorrow and Friday we will look into what it means to forgive like Jesus. Be sure to check it out.

Your pastor and partner in ministry,

Brown Church Development Group is conducting a survey to determine what C3’s future ministry and building needs are.  I am  asking everyone in our congregation to fill out a short survey that will only take a couple minutes. You can find the survey here:
Please do so ASAP!

*Mark Sunday, July 27th, on your calendar.  Todd Brown, CEO of BCDG, will be joining us for our three morning services to share his testimony, what BCDG is all about and some of the results of their in-depth study of our church.  Don’t miss this!

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