During the first days of August, hundreds of Ingleside families will be leaving behind their summer schedules and embracing the regular rhythms of school. Students, teachers, coaches, counselors, and administrators will be embarking on a new school year filled with opportunity and challenge. It’s time to go “back to school.”
At Ingleside, the month of August is also a time to come “back to church.” This Sunday, August 11, all of our age-group ministries will be kicking off a new year. New classes, small groups, and Bible studies for adults will be launched. Choir, band, orchestra, and production teams will be getting up to tempo. I hope your family will be “back to church” and build significant involvement at Ingleside into your regular schedule this fall.
As many go “back to school” and come “back to church,” it’s also a time to get “back to basics” in terms of our personal devotion to Jesus Christ. At Ingleside, we have summarized what we hope every disciple of Jesus Christ will do in a four-step process.
Come to worship. The Bible says: “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;” (Psalm 95:6, NIV). Every disciple at Ingleside should participate in large-group worship.
Grow in a group. Are you connected to a small group, class, or Bible study where you encouraged and challenged “to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:17, NIV)? The Bible says: “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV).
Serve in the body. Every disciple “should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,” (1 Peter 4:10, NIV). If Ingleside is your church home, don’t be merely a passenger, be part of the crew. God will be honored, the body will be strengthened, and you will find great joy when you find your place of service.
Go with the gospel. Could Jesus’ words be clearer: “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19, NIV)? Whether it is across the room, across the street, or across the globe, God sends every disciple on a daily mission to tell others that Jesus is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6, NIV).
Of course, there are basic, personal habits that every disciple should develop as well – time in the Word, time in prayer, and generous giving that begins with a tithe to your local church.
I am eager to see all that the Lord will do in our lives this fall as we get back to school, back to church, and back to the basics of following Jesus Christ as Lord.