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DEEPLY ROOTED

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:6-7

OVERVIEW

This is an exciting year for NMPC! At the start of the 2020, we will be officially launched as our own church in a new denomination. On top of this, God has been growing our staff as well as our membership. Given this momentum, it can be tempting to get ahead of ourselves.

In the gospels, the disciples — in their enthusiasm — often run ahead of Jesus with their own ideas of what Kingdom living should look like. In each instance, Jesus reins them in. But he does so not simply to slow them down or stifle their energy, but to correct them and to teach them what the life of a disciple is truly about. Jesus knows that by rooting them in God’s truth and vision for the Christian life, they will be anchored well so they run with rightly directed purpose, energy, and perseverance.

In Mark 4, Jesus gives the parable of the sower. When explaining this parable to the disciples, he says to them, Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. In the Christian life, initial joy and enthusiasm are not enough. One must be rooted in God and his Word if they are to produce a crop . . . . thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.

This timeless parable is one that modern churches would do well to heed. It is very easy for Christians today to get distracted with the glitz and glamor of the more visible expressions of church and faith. But, in the gospels, when the disciples are excited to find they are able to do powerful ministry in the name of Jesus, notice how Jesus replies: Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven. To Jesus, before charging ahead, it is more important that we get anchored in our identity as children of God. It is when our identity is rooted and anchored in the truth of God that we will experience a lasting joy as we live and serve his Kingdom for the long haul.

In 2020, we believe God is calling NMPC to be deeply rooted in Him. We believe building a foundation in God’s truth and purpose will not only serve us well as we venture into the future, but it is in fact what we most need right now. As the pastors and elders have prayed for the church and discerned the Spirit’s leading, we sense that there is a deep hunger for more of God and his Word. More and more, we sense people are at a point where they are done with playing church. They want real depth — they want to experience the soul-satisfying love of God in a genuine way. No more false counterfeits. They want the real thing. And God wants us to have the real thing.

So this year, we will focus on rooting the church more in God’s Word so that we will come to understand the depths of its all-sufficient power for our lives to guide us, sustain us, and fill us. We will also anchor ourselves in living by the Spirit for, as Paul teaches, it is when we live by the Spirit that we are truly free and truly living in step with God’s love and will. And finally, we will learn what it means to be rooted in this place at this time. God calls his children to places and times for a reason. In the time that we are rooted in this place, we want to learn how to be obedient to the call of God.

T-SHIRTS

You can order your very own deeply rooted t-shirts in either black or white. All profits will go toward assisting the Palisades Park Board of Education with improving the infrastructure of their schools.

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Digital Wallpaper Packs

Please feel free to download and use any of the digital wallpapers on your computers and personal devices. We hope they will serve as helpful reminders and nudges to you throughout this year to grow deeper roots in God.

Chloe Kim Signature Collection