Love God–Starting Point

Pathway Points

Stepping Up for Jesus

In last week’s GraceNotes, I started us out on a journey through Grace Church’s Discipleship Pathway. The basis for everything that we do at Grace is God’s love, so it makes sense that “Love God” is the foundation for our Pathway. The leadership at Grace also recognizes that everyone is at a different point on their faith journey, so each of the three parts of the Pathway are divided down into “Starting Points, Next Steps, and Going Deeper.” While the descriptions are not meant to be exhaustive (nor are they meant to be judgmental), they are intended for self-evaluation, and, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, as a set of suggestions to help you better understand what each step on the Pathway looks like in the life of a believer.

For example, in the Love God part, a believer that is just starting out on their faith journey would probably attend worship at least once per month. In terms of self-evaluation, look at the frequency that you attend worship at Grace. If you’re pretty new to your faith and all you can manage is one per month, don’t beat yourself up too much. Remember, this is a faith journey and new habits are not easy to cultivate. On the other hand, if you’ve been a Christian for a while and you’re still only managing once or twice per month, perhaps it’s time to challenge yourself to take the next step on the pathway.

For discussions on the importance of attending worship in the first place, check out these articles:

Why Attending Church is So Important
Three Reasons to Attend Corporate Worship

Stepping up with you in His strength!

Monica Lebsack

Creative Ministries Director

At Grace, one of my responsibilities is to publish a weekly article in our e-newsletter, GraceNotes, about discipleship. Specifically, about the various components of our Discipleship Pathway and how a person could journey along it. This is my most recent article.
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