reUP: Right Things in Right Places

The Bible teaches that spiritual growth – which includes a deepening relationship with God, progress in Christlikeness, more faithfully living a life of live – is a normal and expected part of the Christian life. 


Then came COVID.


For most of us, the virus disrupted every aspect of our lives - including our spiritual lives. In some cases, the changes were healthy: we slowed down, reconnected with family and friends, thinned out our schedules, found more balance.


If we’re honest, many of the changes set us back in our spiritual progress. For a number of us, the last couple of years have been a time of pulling in, paring back, even opting out. We've gotten used to retreating a bit and have become accustomed to our church involvement requiring less of us. For many of us, we’ve become less consistent in worship, less inclined to get together, less available to serve. 


In Colossians chapter 3, Paul invites the church to continually renew its commitment to Christ by “setting your hearts on things above” and “setting your minds on things above.”


This fall, we will do the same in our sermon series. The first couple of Sundays we’ll talk about how we think about discipleship and the spiritual life at Covenant. Then we’ll get specific and practical, exploring each of the three dimensions of our calling as a church (love Jesus, love His people, pour out His love on the world), and the six tangible ways we can expect those commitments to express themselves in our day-to-day lives. 


August 21:  Look Up - set your heart on things above, Colossians 3:1-4


August 28:  Keep It Up - living a life of love, Colossians 3:12-17


September 4:  Offer Up - love Jesus part 1, Psalm 84


September 11:  Listen Up - love Jesus part 2, Psalm 1 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17


September 18:  Build Up - love His people, part 1, Ephesians 4:11-16 and Romans 12:5-8


September 25:  Meet Up - love His people, part 2, Romans 1:8-12, 12:10 and Ephesians 4:29


October 2:  Point Up - pour out His love on the world, part 1, Matthew 5:13-16 and 1 Peter 2:9-12


October 9:  Stand Up -- pour out His love on the world, part 2, Matthew 25:31-26 and James 1:22-27