When a person believes in Jesus Christ, and confesses him as Lord, they are changed. What was dead is made alive, they are made new, and this new life propels a person on a path of growth. They have a new will, new power, new ambition, new desire, new citizenship, and all of it is meant to grow. They are to increasingly be transformed to be like God in righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:24 puts it this way, “be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” If you are alive in Christ, you were made for more; you were made to be like God.
This is an outrageous statement—to be like God. Obviously, we cannot become peers with the Almighty. We are not to become his equal, but in righteousness and holiness we are expected to grow increasingly like him. What a phenomenal opportunity! What a daunting responsibility!
But where does this change take place? In what arena does growth happen? Paul explains that we are transformed in our thinking, made new in the attitude of our minds. If we are going to become more, we need to focus our attention on our thought life. For good or bad, our lives are shaped by our thoughts.
In an effort to propel you forward, I am promoting some books. I just love books! I believe that reading is foundational to learning, and learning is the fuel of growth. These six books represent a variety of entry points. You may be new in your faith and need something that allows you to just dip your toe into the deeper things of God. Some of these books will suit you well. You may have walked with God a long time and you are overdue for a plunge into deeper things—there are books there for you too.
These books will be displayed on the Stretch display unit in the church foyer.