“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12, ESV)
You’re going to hear that phrase a lot over the next seven weeks. It’s going to be a battle cry and anthem at Woodside. Kadima! “Come on, let’s go!” Kadima is a Hebrew word which means “forward.” The word has a sense of action, impulse, progress, and movement. For us we’re not talking about just getting off the couch and getting busy with life — we’re looking at making progress in the Christian faith and in our pursuit of Christ.
Often times we can look at the Christian life, and our spiritual growth, as a some what passive action. God works on us, God works in us, God works for us. We are the recipients of God’s grace. That can make us feel comfortable and secure. It should! God is the one who has done everything to reconcile us to himself. Jesus is the one who paid the penalty of our sins and died on the cross so that we are forgiven in him. We receive those gifts by faith.
But the Christian life isn’t merely one of sitting back and letting God work and somehow we amazingly end up in his presence forever at the end of our lives. No, the Bible speaks about God’s people moving forward in their faith. The Scriptures are clear that as a result of God’s work for us first we become people who move forward in our growth. This is what Paul was getting at with Timothy.
All throughout 1 & 2 Timothy, Paul is speaking to spur on Timothy to action. He tells him things like, “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved” (2 Timothy 2:15) and “train yourself for godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7) and “practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:15). Even the passage I mention above “fight the good fight! Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called” speaks of the pursuit and ambition forward of godliness. The Scriptures resound with the cry of a general saying “Kadima! Forward!”
Jerry Bridges in his book The Practice of Godliness summarizes it in this way when he says “godliness is no optional spiritual luxury for a few quaint Christians of a bygone era or for some group of super-saints of today. It is the privilege and duty of every Christian to pursue godliness.” Over the next seven weeks at Woodside we are going to be challenged in several ways. Through the Holy Spirit applying God’s Word to our lives I am hopeful that you will be spurred on in your growth and pursuit of godliness more and more. Let’s not be a church that just sits back and enjoys the fruits of what God has already done in the past through us. Let’s kadima! and “take hold of the eternal life to which we were called.” Let’s move forward in grace and godliness together this year!
Gathering for Worship
Our first Kadmia movement is entitled “From Looking Back to Moving Forward” and we will be in Philippians 2:12-14 this Sunday morning. As we gather we will be singing together:
- Open the Heavens
- Great Are You Lord
- Grace So Glorious
- Blessed Assurance
- Lord, I Need You
We’ve posted the songs as a playlist at Spotify so you can listen (or sing along) beforehand.
Work and Feasting
Towards the end of this month, Saturday January 30th, we will be having a campus work day to clean, update, beautiful and finish some projects around the campus. We would love to have your help that day as we spruce up and work to maintain the building well. These workdays are always a good opportunity to spend some time with others at the campus and build relationships.
Additionally, the 31st we will be celebrating a Family Feast together after the 11am service. We want the church to get together and join us in celebrating the last year of God’s mercy at Woodside Plymouth. We’ll have a sign up and more information for you on Sunday morning to be able to participate in bringing dishes to share with the church.
I am looking forward to being with you again on Sunday and worshipping our Lord and God together. Please let me know if there is anyway I can be in prayer for or serve you. Let’s grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord together!