January: A Word from the Pastor


UnknownThe Christian life is a continual life of spiritual growth.

When we are first saved, we possess the full assurance of our salvation in Christ. He has purchased the whole of our redemption – justification, sanctification and glorification – in His finished work of the cross. It is full and complete. However, God has also seen fit for Christians to experience spiritual growth in that finished work of Christ. Our standing in Christ is secure – our experience is progressive. We learn to walk in the victory of Christ day by day.

This is our challenge as we depend upon the Lord to apply in us what He has accomplished for us.

And the key to this spiritual growth is the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the true-knowledge of God. As we live the Christian life, it seems like our focus should be on living the life. Instead, the emphasis is on the knowledge of God. God’s divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the true-knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. And the place where this true-knowledge is found is in the Bible. Every Christian needs to be seeking to know God.

We need to hear the Word of God; we need to be reading the Word of God every day.

And, our reading should be with a purpose – that we would know the Lord more and more each day. We need to know His attributes, His ways, His promises, His commands, and everything else that is revealed about Him. Are you in pursuit of the knowledge of God? Are you praying that you will know God and the Lord Jesus Christ in a greater way this coming year?

The beginning of the year is a great time to set priorities for the new year.

Let the knowledge of God be our great priority in this new year. Let us be reading the Word with the purpose of knowing God.

“… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18

  • Gary W. Custis