Dear Flock and Friends of Knollwood,
Ah, the beginning of Fall! The rhythm of a new school year, the rhythm of new extra-curricular activities for students (dancing, sports, etc.), the rhythm of SEC football, the rhythm of families, the rhythm of new weather patterns as welcomed cold fronts begin to roll in … In many ways the “new year” begins not in January but in September! All these rhythms become the rhythm of our towns and communities, and this becomes the vital breath of where we live.
Now what happens when God through His Spirit begins to intervene into our routines with the rhythm of the Gospel? This is exactly what God loves to do! This is why I get excited about the Fall. What’s more is that God calls all His people to put on a “Gospel intentionality” as we enter into the new year. We are each and all called to enter and “re-tell” our culture’s rhythms with the rhythm of the Gospel! Without Christ we can pour ourselves into school, work, schedule balancing, relationship striving … and we will all be slaves to this busy-ness! Only in Christ will we have freedom from these rhythms and freedom to use these rhythms for the Glory of God.
What words of encouragement and practical exhortation are needed for us as we embark into the Fall? Perhaps the words of Hebrews 10:23-25 are most apt:
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
What can we draw from this?
My prayer is that we begin to walk and even dance to the rhythms and beats of the Gospel in all we do. I am a terrible dancer! I need others to help me stay in rhythm, and so do you. Pay attention to the opportunities advertised in this edition of the Branch and take advantage.
Grace and peace,