I hope you had a spectacular Christmas, enjoying family time and remembering how God kept His promise of love and salvation in Christ. As hard as it is to believe, 2016 is upon us. In anticipation of the New Year, let me encourage you to make it one of your Resolutions to go deeper with God.
Did you know the Bible says the oceans proclaim the Glory, Power and Majesty of God? If you've ever had the privilege of going to the southern coast, you would notice that most people remain on the beach, content to look at the beauty of the ocean. Some, fewer in number, actually "Enter In", wading into the water to actually experience the surf, and are rewarded with little treasures (the feel of the sand and surf, shells, little clams, etc), but are content to dabble in the shallows.
Even fewer venture out into the deep to swim and be carried by the powerful surf. Those who do are rewarded by the sense of being surrounded by the power of the water, but are still content to remain on the surface. They are completely unaware of the whole new world of awesome beauty waiting just beneath them.
Relatively few ever make the time to be trained and equipped to go beneath the surface, to see, experience and be immersed in that whole new world. I have been a Scuba Diver for 45 years, and experienced some of the most spectacular things imaginable; things that those on the beach, in the shallows, and even on the surface don't even know exist.
My challenge to you as we face the New Year, is that you, along with your spouse, your kids; Enter Into a deeper life with God and experience all that He has for you. Dive deep into His Word. Don't be content to watch from the beach, wade in the shallows, or swim on the surface; but plumb the depths of who God is and what He has for you.
Hillside Bible Church has many S.A.L.T. (Serving And Learning Together) Growth and Care Groups to help equip, train and guide you to go deeper with God. Please look online at: www.hillsidebible.org/groups or call the church office to get involved. No matter where you are with God, there is a SALT Group for you.
If you have been so blessed to have experienced the joy, peace and power that a deeper walk with God can give; we’d love you to consider hosting or leading a Group so you can help others to go deeper. Remember, "to whom much is given, of him also is much required". I would love to help you get started, give me a call.
May God grant us all a truly blessed New Year!
Love in Christ, Pastor Cliff