“Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life” – Proverbs 4:23
Keeping Your Heart
We are so excited to announce that Fully Alive Women’s Ministry is starting up in August! This fall we will be learning how to live steadfast, Christ-centered, Spirit-filled lives by studying the magnificent book of Philippians. Our daily passion for Jesus will burn brighter as we learn to maintain our hearts with increased love, joy and faithfulness to the Word of God. The gospel will be advanced in our lives, families and ministries. Prayers will be answered! We will abound in love for God and for each other as we keep our hearts burning for Christ and Him alone.
So mark your calendars! On August 21st at 6:30p.m. we will have our first evening of worship, teaching, prayer, and fellowship.
Let’s grow in hearing God’s voice in his word. This semester we will deepen our relationship with Jesus by encountering him in his word. We will learn what it means to keep our hearts—which is one of the most important, yet hard things we can do.
Let’s be women who are marked by prayer. We want to nurture a culture of praying together—whether that is scheduled prayer or spontaneous prayer. Author Megan Hill calls Genesis 4:26 the first true great awakening. It says, “At that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.” Let’s be women who pray for this in our day.
Let’s pray for this for the lost and hurting in our city, but let’s enjoy the benefits of praying together too. David Mathis in his book Habits of Grade shares nine benefits of praying together as believers: 1) Added power. 2) Multiplied joy. 3) Greater glory to God. 4) Fruitful ministry and mission. 5) Unity among believers. 6) Answers we otherwise wouldn’t get. 7) To learn and grow in our prayers. 8) To know each other. 9) To know Jesus more. (112-116).
Let’s grow in our relationships with each another. What a joy godly friendship is. Many of us have walked in the beauty of godly friendship for many years and it reminds me of Nathan Tarr’s biographical sermon on Esther Edwards Burr. Esther said, “I esteem religious conversation one of the best helps to keep up religion in the soul (I don’t know but the very vest).” Let’s deepen our friendships this year and invite others into it.
As we gather this fall our aim is to glorify God and to edify each other. We are exhorted in Hebrews 10:23 to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” And so as we come together, “let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works” (v.24).
As we do this together, let’s ask God to make us a community that is so compelling that our non-believing friends and neighbors would take notice and desire to know God because of what He is doing in his people. And as we share the gospel with our friends and neighbors and let’s expose them to the supernatural community that is the local church.
So this fall, let’s come together and feast on the word, lift up our hands and hearts in prayer and worship, and let’s encourage one another all the more as the Day is drawing near (Heb. 10:25). Invite your friends to be a part of this compelling community of women. See you in August!
Here are the details for the Kick-Off celebration service:
Location: Christ Church Knoxville
Date: August 21st