Our BTO series is in full swing, and last week we talked about “Training for Purpose.”
Training is a word that conjures up various pictures-on the job training where a new employee is taught the nuances of a particular task or system, or perhaps someone running, lifting weights or playing their sport of choice. For many, it is a word tinged with pain; training often hurts, or at least stretches the trainee to the edge of their limits in order to make them better, stronger and faster.
The Apostle Paul encouraged his protégé Timothy to “train yourself to be godly” (1 Timothy 4:7. In order to become more like Christ we must enter into strict training through reading the Bible, praying and obeying the commands of God. The payoff? Tremendous growth, and a reward that will last forever! (1 Corinthians 9:25).
At North Pointe we recognize that each person in the body of Christ (the church) is uniquely gifted and needs to fulfill a specific task to ultimately bring health to the church. Our role as leaders is to bring train people to fulfill their purpose. One of the ways we can best do this is through our SHAPE class, where each participant explores their Spiritual Gifts, Heart Passion, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences. Once you’ve discovered your unique SHAPE, you can begin to serve with purpose. We want everyone in our church to be able to experience the rush that training for and accomplishing the purpose we were made for can bring.
The picture you see is of the volunteers in our Rainbows program. I am so honored to serve with them. They use their SHAPE to make a difference in the lives of children who have experienced a traumatic death or divorce. They are making a difference.
Train to be godly, train for purpose. We will be here to help you on the journey.