Our process is one of many that seeks to help you in your pursuit of being conformed to the character of Christ, and helping others to do the same. This is not “mission impossible” this is “mission essential”. Growing ourselves – and investing in others.
Be like Christ
In Luke 6:40 Jesus said that “the student when he is fully trained, he will be like his teacher.” We are to be like Christ. Were He not dwelling within us, that would be an absolute impossibility, but He does, and He will. This process only works because of God’s promises to and work in us.
In Matthew 16:24-25 Jesus tells his disciples “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” In John 14:15 Jesus said “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Clearly, Christ expects us to take seriously our growth in Christ-likeness, obedience fueled by our love for a Savior who would die for us, and then live within us. We are to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom belongs glory forever and ever.” 2 Peter 3:18. Christ is to be our priority.
This growth is observed in the living out, the practical working out of our spiritual growth, showing that our knowledge of God is having its intended effect. This demands that we walk with others, observing behavior in keeping with the commands and encouraging one another along the way. This is the hard, inefficient, glorious work of discipleship.
At STC, our hearts’ desire is to be a resource for men who long to grow in Christ-likeness, and help others grow as well. This is not a new “movement” – it began 2,000 years ago with an itinerant preacher who invested in ordinary men who invested in others.