The Best Thing You Could Do in 2022 …

Hello Rock Bridge!!

I want to share how I prayed for us this morning and then offer a few resources that might just help us do the single best thing we could do in 2022!!

My prayer for us comes from Galatians 4:19 – “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.” In this verse we see Paul longing and laboring for Christ-likeness in the churches of Galatia. It reminds us of the importance of holiness and the priority of God shaping us to be more and more like His Son. Later in Galatians 5, Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit which ultimately are the virtues and characteristics that Jesus perfectly exhibited.

Rock Bridge, I know of no greater prayer we can pray for ourselves and our church, and no greater effort worth our best energy, than that of being shaped, formed and discipled into Christ-likeness. I hope in our corporate worship services thus far in 2022 you sense our collective seriousness and greater intentionality in pursuing God through worship and allowing Him both space in our lives and surrender in our hearts to allow Him to shape and form His Son in us. We are going to start observing the Lord’s Supper more frequently during our weekend services and not only during First Wednesday (starting THIS weekend!). We believe this commanded practice is an important way to strengthen our faith, renew our hope and remind us that the Gospel is of “first importance” (I Corinthians 15:3), while calling us to confession and repentance and assuring us of His forgiveness.

However, perhaps the greatest thing we can do to cooperate with God’s forming of His Son in us and to connect with Him in a personal and vibrant relationship is to meet Him in and through His Word. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to read the Gospel of John during our “Decide Now” series. The unity and sense of momentum from doing this together as one church can be powerful and encouraging in our journey of being formed by God.

We have created a tool to help you hear from and connect with God as you read. It’s called H.E.A.R. If you would like to learn more about How to Study the Bible from me, click on this link

Here’s the reading plan for this series (you can also text TWG to 888-744-0761 to receive the daily reading via text):

  • Week of January 16th → Read John 1-4 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Week of January 23rd → Read John 5-8 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Week of January 30th → Read John 9-12 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Week of February 6th → Read John 13-16 (Monday-Thursday)
  • Week of February 13th → Read John 17-21 (Monday-Friday)

God’s commitment to form a people who live connected to His Son, filled with His Spirit and bearing His fruit is steadfast and determined. Let’s join Him in this holy ambition in 2022!

It’s going to be a great year!!

matt

About Matt Evans

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Matt Evans is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton, Georgia. Matt and his wife, Beth, grew up in the Dalton area and saw the need for a church that would reach the lost, broken, de-churched, and spiritually wounded. 

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