One of the reasons I love the Christmas season is that it serves as the culmination to every year. It’s a time of love, joy, and celebration, but it is also a time of reflection. I love completing things.
Early in college I began crossing days off the calendar and I’ve never stopped. You can tell a calendar that has been in my office or at my home, because the days will be crossed off. It’s a minor daily habit, but I get a little sense of satisfaction every day when I cross off the previous one. I like reflecting, looking back, critically thinking, analyzing, and closing one season by gearing up for the next.
I’ve been reflecting quite a bit over the last few weeks. This next weekend is culmination of my first full year at LifePoint Church. It has been a pretty exciting journey thus far. As I’ve been praying about next year, I get a strong sense that everything we’ve experienced to this point is only the beginning.
I’ve decided to do something a bit different at the start of 2012. For the first six Wednesday nights of the year I am going to teach on the subject of “The Church” in our Main Auditorium at 7pm. The theme I’ve been talking to our leadership about for 2012 is “Gear Up.” I think it is going to be a year of preparation and equipping as we look forward to building the foundation for the years to come. This being the case, I’m going to start the year off with these teachings that I’m referring to as “Talkin’ Church.” The format will be a bit different from Sunday morning. I’ll have a white board out, I’ll teach on a given theme and various passages associated with it, and we’ll have room for questions and answers at the end of night.
These “Talkin’ Church” nights will be the focus of all adult ministries on Wednesdays from January 4 through February 8. Our youth and children will still have their regularly scheduled programs these nights. Pray with me as we head into this exciting and crucial time of preparation for our church. And mark your calendars, as we would love to have you join with us as we talk church.