Trusting God in all of our commitments helps us to grow spiritually. Committing to a marriage, a job, a friendship allows us to grow. Enrolling in a a class in a foreign language or dance classes or martial arts and following through helps us to grow in our ability to do those things.
Likewise we come to mature as Christians, in Christ-likeness by the commitments we make and keep. In this series we will look at the power of trusting God with all of our obligations and the dedicated steps we invite people to take as a church. The habits we need to practice over and over again.
Commit to a life-long journey of spiritual growth. We will talk about both the commitments and the benefits of those commitments. One can’t be engaged in everything but it is important to be dedicated to the right things.
Join us in person at Mass or online
for our Five-part Pastor Series
beginning October 17-18, 2020.
WEEK 1: Committing Our Heart through Prayer
In the passage from Matthew, the Pharisees try to get Jesus in trouble by asking him about paying taxes to Caesar. Jesus responds deftly so that he avoids the trap and also makes a point about giving our hearts to God. We remind ourselves that we belong to God through prayer and worship. In this message we will look at the importance of trusting God and carving out time to pray and worship God so that we are reminded that we belong to him.
Trust God with all of your relationships, especially with your spouse and family. Loving others is like loving God. In fact, loving others is one way to demonstrate our deep love for God. The very basic mission of a Christian–to throw one’s entire heart, mind, and soul into loving God, and then to seek to love all others.
Trust God in all of your relationships. We grow spiritually by committing to other followers of Christ. To go deeper we need some relationships where people can hold us accountable and encourage us in spiritual growth.
Jesus tells another parable about the wedding feast. Ten maidens are given lamps to light the way for the bridegroom to a wedding feast. Five of the maidens bring oil to relight their lamps and five did not. The five who forget the oil are not prepared for the return of the bridegroom and so are unable to get into the wedding feast. The lit lamps serve as a symbol for service and good works. We are to trust God and commit to service on a regular basis because it prepares us for Jesus. Trust God in all aspects of your money for a deeper spiritual relationship.
In this week we will invite people to make a commitment to give to the church in the year ahead. In the parable of the Talents, Jesus tells the servants who have invested the master’s money to enlarge his kingdom, “Well done, good and faithful stewards.” We are stewards of our money and possessions and we are rewarded when we use our money and possessions we have to build God’s kingdom. Trust God in all aspects of your life for a deeper spiritual relationship. Trust God completely.