One of the things that really excites us about Lynwood Baptist Church is the Greater Things Vision. It’s huge. Huge! It includes evangelism, discipleship, ministry, and missions. In September we will launch the Midwest Center for Spiritual Transformation (MCST – because churches like letters). The purpose is to disciple believers in Christ. It will be open to believers whether or not they are members of Lynwood. Eventually it will also offer associate degrees in divinity for bivocational pastors. We want to see Christians who are spiritually transformed and spirit filled living and serving for the glory of the Lord. So what is the purpose of spiritual transformation? Colossians 1:9-12 says,
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Paul prays for the believers at Colosse that they would be filled with an intimate knowledge of God, knowing and living His will while knowing, understanding, and applying His Word. The purpose? That they would “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” That they would live in a manner consistent with the Word of God, displaying the genuine presence of the Lord in their lives. That they would be different. Different than the world. This kind of life pleases God and bears fruit for His glory. Believers walking this way continually grow. They are filled with His power and strength and ultimately worship their Lord in everything they do.
I want to live and walk this way. I have a long way to go. If you want to walk this way, get in the Word and get on your knees. If you are in the Cape Girardeau area, come be apart of the Midwest Center for Spiritual Transformation. Let’s grow and seek to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.