You’re a brick. Well, if you're a part of a local church that is.
Individual bricks can serve some purpose, but bricks used together can accomplish much!
One of the deepest convictions on my heart lately is that, at NorthCreek, God is building His church and we want everyone who calls NorthCreek Church "home" to THRIVE! Ephesians 1:19-22 says it like this:
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
If you belong to a local church, make no mistake about it, God is using your very personhood and your spiritual gifts to build and strengthen His church. We are “being built into a dwelling place for God.” Yes, God is everywhere, but, there is something quite different when people gather in His name to celebrate and worship him. He is right there with us!
Everything healthy grows. Children grow in every way. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:14:20 to not be “children” in our thinking, but to grow and be mature in our thinking.
Pastor Mark Batterson has a way with words. He says it this way: “I know some people who have been saved for twenty-five years, but they don’t have twenty-five years of experience. They have one year of experience repeated twenty-five times.” This is so true. Instead of basking in the joy of knowing God for 25 years, it's easy to live on autopilot and stay childish in our thinking and just keep living with the same issues over and over again. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
So, the question is not whether we should mature or not, but, how? How do we partner with the Holy Spirit to grant Him access to every part of us to do his transformative work in us?
When you join a club or sign-up for a calling plan, you want to know what’s involved in your commitment. At NorthCreek, we want you to move forward. To thrive. We want you to know what we are cheering you on toward. We want to meet you where you’re at in your life, and help you take the next step closer to God.
Here’s what we believe, in general terms, how you can grow and move forward in your personal life and be a part of what God is building at NorthCreek:
LOVE- Be in intentional community with other believers
SERVE- God gives us gifts to build up and strengthen the church
GIVE- Joyfully tithe a portion of your income knowing God desires your first and best offering.
GROW- Be intentional about your own spiritual growth. Very intentional.
Being a part of NorthCreek is exciting because not only are we as individuals not done growing yet, but our church isn't done growing yet either! We’re a young church that God is building that challenges people to live the way of Jesus both corporately and personally. Come to NorthCreek knowing that God is building His church with you and I being his building blocks!
For the next 4 weeks we'll be taking a look at these 4 critical areas of growth.
Be a part of what God is doing at NorthCreek Church! Join us Sundays at 10am at the Woodinville Movie Theaters. KidzCity is a great place for kids too!