DEEP AND WIDE
If you were in church a couple of Sunday’s ago, then you saw Rob and Anne Koning’s skit in which they mentioned the theme for this year’s small groups kickoff: “Deep and Wide.” This is not only the theme for small groups, it is also the theme for our whole year as a church.
The “deep” in “Deep and Wide” refers to going deeper in our faith both personally and together as a church. The word “wide” refers to sharing the Good News with others so that the church grows numerically. Growing deep and wide is how the church is meant to work—all the time, everywhere.
This Sunday we kick off a series of sermons based on the book of Acts which is all about growing deeper and wider. No book in the Bible challenges us to go both deep and wide the way the book of Acts does. It documents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the dynamic spread of the Gospel around the world. Each chapter of the book seems to say “there is much, much more yet to be experienced in your walk with Christ. Come deeper and let your light shine brighter.”
My prayer and expectation is that we will grow deeper and wider as the Holy Spirit makes that Acts-realities alive in our lives. And I trust our growth won’t stop at the end of the series, but that we will continue growing deeper and wider with each passing month.
Embrace the adventure. Pray that we will not miss anything that the Holy Spirit wants to give us this year. I’m looking forward to what God will do among us! –Pastor Tom
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