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encouragement from steve wise

Thursday, June 24 2021

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and practices them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not practice them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”

- Jesus, Matthew 7:24-27

Am I building a solid foundation that will stand against the adverse weather of life? If my life were a house, would it be standing on a foundation of stone or sand? Are my responses to the relationships, events, and circumstances rooted in the hearing and practicing of Jesus’ teaching? Do I want them to be? Do I wonder how I can do that?

The first step in Jesus’ instructions about building a foundation is to hear or listen to His words. The second step is to practice them. Jesus teaches us that the Scriptures of the Old Testament all point to Him and that He fulfills those Scriptures. His temptation, His teaching, His words from the cross, and His words to His disciples after His resurrection show a life that internalized Scripture by hearing and practicing them.

Perhaps you are a newer believer (or even seeker) who is looking for a deeper understanding of Jesus and the Bible. Maybe you are an old saint who has studied for years and is looking for an even greater understanding. Wherever you might be, we invite you to join Westminster in The Journey – a year-long engagement with the Grand Narrative of Scripture.

The Journey will begin in August of 2021 with the goal of encouraging and equipping one another to engage with Jesus through Scripture in a life-transforming way. Our journey will travel along 4 different tracks.

  1. Sunday Sermons will lead us through the Grand Story of Scripture.
  2. A reading plan to read through the Bible in a year.
  3. Sermon-based small groups and small group bible studies will be offered.
  4. Bible Journey – a year-long interactive, internet-based, self-paced and high-quality curriculum for individuals, families, or groups interested in a deeper dive into the Word. This will involve a little over an hour a week. (If you are interested, please contact Justin Lewis.)

We encourage all of our covenant partners and visitors to participate in Track 1 – our Sunday Sermons. We urge everyone to prayerfully consider Tracks 2-4 as they look ahead to the fall. Imagine the difference a deeper relationship with Jesus and a greater understanding His Word would make in your life, your family, and our world.

Your friend,

Steve Wise

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