Those who know me well know that my mind races from one thing to another million others before my next blink of the eye. How did I ever get to the place where I could allow God to sit my bum down long enough to put this to paper?
It began in 2014, when Warner was so sick and I needed help. I was memorizing Ephesians and learning, as if for the first time, the significance of the local church.
When I was growing up, my dad always served at churches having problems and needing an interim pastor and/or someone to walk with them through a difficult season. We never really went that deep in our local church since we weren’t there as often as in other churches. I grew up seeing the local church pretty much as the “sending agency.”
While I was learning about the local church intellectually, my church, through my community group and other friends, was loving on me like I had never known. They were teaching me about the local church experientially. So, at 56 years old, after a lifetime in the church, I finally internalized the meaning and significance of the local church. I determined to give back to my church home.
Fast forward several years and here you have some of my grateful heart giving back…. I wrote this study for my church body. As I participated in it through our women’s ministry bible study this year, the study members encouraged me to step out in faith and make it available to all.
That is my heart. I long for everyone to know and experience God’s love through Jesus in real and tangible ways that result in undeniable transformation. The Bible tells us to “be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us (Ephesians 5:1-2).” The issue is that imitating God and walking in love is counter-intuitive, it is something we have to learn…
Coming to know Jesus as a man and experiencing Him responding in love to the relational challenges in His life when He walked the earth as a man teaches us how we can imitate Him by doing the same in our own lives. That’s the point of this study. It’s a tool to empower us through the Holy Spirit to mirror Jesus’ love on a more consistent basis in our daily interactions, whatever the circumstance.
I pray that this study serves you well. I would love to hear from you as you interact with it and grow in love along with me……
You can find the study on Amazon.com and get it by clicking the link below.