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Praying toward Personal Renewal

March 20, 2012

Hello Everyone ~

I’m thankful to each of you for your commitment and participation in our Discipleship Initiative at Citylife. It has been a real joy, initially as an outsider and now as an insider, to watch this ministry – but more than that – you! – its people, grapple with gospel-dynamics from week-to-week.  For all of its simplicity, the gospel is thick and rich and full of traction – and yet it demands significant Spirit-driven reflection and sensitivity to apply it rightly to our hearts.

This week we’re jumping into the theme of “personal renewal” within our discipleship clusters.  Personal renewal might be summarized as the Holy Spirit led process of getting the gospel “down deep” into the whole of our human personality – heart, mind, will, and emotions.  Personal renewal is what happens when the gospel makes deep inroads into life of an individual.  And the results (or fruits) of renewal are gospel-love, joy, conviction, repentance, rest, and delight, to name but a few!

As you begin your projects this week, remember that the goal of your labors isn’t the labor itself.  The “end” isn’t busyness or another Christian task.  The goal is our being shaped into the image of our Creator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  The end is our being made holy by the power and grace of a God who has given everything, even his very life, to grant us true meaning and significance.

This week, think biblically.  Think creatively.  Pray boldly.  God wants great things to happen at Citylife and in our city.  As you pray and plan, invite the Holy Spirit to be your guide.  Jesus promised in Luke 11:13, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask!”  What an amazing guarantee.

I look forward to being with you again on Sunday.  If I can assist you in any way, please don’t hesitate to email me,


ps – Consider tapping into a few of the great resources available at the Gospel Coalition’s website.  I think you’ll find them thoughtful! 


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