Pastor’s Blog

Surviving or Thriving?
(10th January 2018)

‘Surviving Or Thriving’ – which one best describes your life?

As we begin this new year, how can we ensure there’s more of the latter and less of the former?

‘Failure to thrive’ is a term often used in medical circles to describe children who aren’t developing as well as they could. They’re not ill but they’re not growing as one would expect. Could this be said of people in our churches, are they truly THRIVING?

Of course, failing to thrive in church isn’t exactly something new! It reminds me of the apostle Paul in the New Testament, writing to the church in Corinth and saying, “… I couldn’t talk to you like spiritual people but like… babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink instead of solid food, because you weren’t up to it yet… you are still not up to it…”! (1 Corinthians 1:1-3). This is all the more strange when you consider that according to the Bible, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life” 2 Peter 1:3. So how can we move from surviving to thriving, from merely existing to really LIVING?

Over the next few weeks at DBC, we’re going to be exploring the, ‘Essential elements for growing and thriving’ in our Life Groups and on Sunday mornings. Join us if you can, catch up with the Sunday message, Surviving or Thriving? and let’s get the growing going!



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