One of Bay Park’s goals for 2017 is Deeper Together. The goal is rooted in our mission of “preparing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.” There’s no way to be a growing follower of Christ, of going deeper spiritually, without partaking of the God given spiritual disciplines. Soul Food is a 5 week series exploring how we can go deeper together into God’s grace by the walking the timeless paths he has placed before us. Your soul and mine is in need of spiritual feeding so welcome aboard this exciting journey of faith, hope and love!
Celebration of Discipline – The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster
Habits of Grace – Enjoying Jesus through Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis
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Hi! Thanks for signing up for Soul Food messages.
You can expect 2-4 messages throughout the week (usually sent in the morning) all relating to the prior Sunday’s sermon.
The goal is that half of these messages will be accounts/stories from YOU as you seek to “draw near to God.” So please text this number to share your failures and successes in the coming weeks. Let me know if you are OK with sharing it (this can be done anonymously).
Looking forward to journeying deeper into God’s grace together!
Soul Food Text #2//Prayer for Soul Rest
Below is a wonderful guide for praying through Jesus’ invitation to soul rest found in Matthew 11:28-30. Feel free to pray through it as often as needed and to put your own words to it!
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Dear Lord Jesus, I’ve always loved this invitation, but sometimes I’m desperate for it, and this is one of those little “stretches.” I feel like I’ve got seven balls to juggle but I’m only a three-ball juggler. I praise, bless, and adore you for the promise of rest in the middle of the “much-ness” and the “manyness.”
Sometimes I take too much on myself, and nobody’s to blame for that but me. But other times, like this one, there’s a convergence of important stuff that demands more energy, mental focus, and time than I have. So today, I readily and gladly cry, “Help!” Grant me rest in the middle of a 24-hour day with 72 hours of demands.
29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,”
Jesus, thank you for not giving me a lecture on time management, but your gentle and humble heart, and your yoke of grace. Reading through the gospels, I don’t ever remember encountering a busy, frustrated, irritated, rushed spirit in you. You always spent time with your Father, and you always accomplished his will. May it be the same for me.
“and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
So, I fully expect your Holy Spirit to give me rest well before my to-do list becomes a now-done list. Yoked to you, I trust you for a palpable sense of your presence and a keen sense of priorities. Lead me through this stretch at the pace of grace. Help me to do what I do today with wisdom and kindness, and for your glory. In fact, may my to-love list stay much more my priority than my to-do list. So very Amen I pray, in your loving and powerful name.*
*Prayer – Heavenward by Scott Smith, The Gospel Coalition blog, June 30, 2015