I’m finishing up my thoughts on character today. I hope they were challenging to you all as we seek to let our light shine and support what we tell by showing what it means to be a follower of Jesus by our lives.
As I like to do on occasion, I share with you an update on our giving situation. As May wraps up I’m sorry to tell you that we are running behind in our giving year-to-date and our expenses have been up over the course of the year. Now, I was never great at math but even I know that is not a winning equation. So, not surprisingly, we are seeing a growing gap and rising budget deficit.
That being said, first off, thank you to all who have been giving faithfully on Sunday and during the week through EFT or by pre-authorized payment. I appreciate you supporting our ministry here. For those who have not given in a while (or for those who may be able to make an extra gift) I’d REALLY appreciate you pitching in and helping us out financially so we can be good stewards of the opportunities God is giving us as a church.
GBC Family Picnic coming June 8
Next Wednesday we return to our always fun GBC family picnic. For those newer here, this always fun event was suspended due to Covid. Now its back! Held at the Guelph Bible Conference Center. Here’s what’s going to be happening:
BBQ Supper 5:45-7pm
Children and adult games 7-8pm (including the popular kids candy scramble!)
If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up in the foyer. It’s going to be a great night!
Thought for the Day: Growing in Christian Character means….
We’ve been looking at the traits of Christian character and how to develop them in the day-to-day of our lives. So, let me summarize this a bit and share one more thought. We develop Christian character by controlling our thoughts, practicing Christian virtues, guarding our hearts, and keeping good company. Men and women of character will set a good example for others to follow, and their godly reputation will be evident to all.
As we examine this short list is there anything they have in common?
I believe there is!
They all require us to:
We all live life in context and some form of community. So, to be a person of character we need to live. But with that in mind, be different in the way that you live life. Be mature and conduct yourself maturely. This doesn't mean that you have to look totally different but it does mean that you should be mindful of how you dress and thoughtful in your interactions with social media. As well, listen to good music with a positive message (based on your taste of course!) and avoid any inappropriate videos. Use your best judgment.
The only way to truly live in a Christ-honoring fashion is to know Jesus. You will never know him completely, on earth, but throughout life, by praying, reading your Bible, getting involved with study, being a disciple, being in community in a small group, you can know him more. Act the way Jesus did, and that's a life worth living. Once you know Jesus more than you did at first then you can understand how to live.
Remember those WWJD bracelets that were popular a few years ago? May that be a reminder: what would Jesus do? It’s hard though to do what Jesus did if we don’t BE what Jesus was. And that was a person of character. Strive to live the best character you can and watch your life change and the life of those around you.
In His grip,