Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.— A. W. Tozer
If you’re like me, there are aspects of how you live your life that you want to improve — especially in your relationship with Jesus. It can be easy to become content with how things might be, so much so that we might not even realize that there is room for growth! Working against us are cultural norms, peer pressure, bad habits — or simply a lack of encouragement to take the next step toward making a change.
Well, Houston’s First wants to be that source of encouragement. From October through Easter in late April, we’re providing helpful resources related to a different spiritual discipline each month. The goal of this intentional focus — called InnerChange — is to deepen our faith by incorporating practices that will turn our attention to Him and align our hearts with His.
As followers of Christ, let’s commit to never becoming complacent with where we are in our relationship with our Savior. If you do not already know Jesus, I invite you to ask questions and seek answers here at Houston’s First. Take a step toward making the greatest inner-change you could ever make — giving your life to Jesus Christ.
Pastor Gregg Matte
Here are a few specific things you can do throughout the month that are designed to move you from isolation to community with others.
Life Bible Studies are the main way people connect with others at Houston's First. Every campus has options to choose from, so explore the options here or ask a staff member of Guest Experience Team member at your campus for help with finding one that's right for you.
Host a small group of people for a meal, especially if they are new to our church or your neighborhood. It doesn't have to be fancy, and you can ask people to bring a dish so you don't have to do all the cooking. The point is to provide a setting not to impress but to talk and get to know each other better!
Consider treating neighbors, friends you haven't seen in a while, or new people to our church with tickets to attend Celebration at The Loop (Dec 6-9) or the Night of Hope Tour at the Cypress Campus (Sat, Dec 15). Grab a bite to eat before or after, too!
There are several verses that talk about community. Here are a few to memorize. What other ones can you find?
We want to hear your suggestions for how to find, develop, and maintain community. Share your ideas with us using the short form below.
Use the suggestions for preschoolers, children, and students as you guide them in the discipline of building community with others.
We all face feelings or seasons of loneliness at some point in life. In this video, Kari Jobe reminds us that we are not alone.