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Growing in Knowledge and Insight

Growing in Knowledge and Insight

“My prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep on growing in spiritual knowledge and insight” Philippians 1:9 (TLB)

The above verse was our text for the first Sunday in 2021. It will also be a guide for us throughout the year. Paul’s prayer for the followers of Christ in Philippi is my prayer for you — the followers of Christ at Spiceland Friends. I hope it will also be a prayer that each of you will pray for the others around you. We know that prayer is powerful and we have felt the results of prayer in our lives. 2021 is a good year to spend more time in prayer for each other.

What would it look like if our lives began to “overflow more and more with love for others” throughout this year? We see a lot of this kind of love exhibited already in the lives of our congregation, but what if we really focused our prayer and activity on this particular trait? We would begin to see new opportunities to love. We would begin to notice some new people that need some extra love. We would begin to look for opportunities to spread this love of Jesus around our community and to many people in our lives.

What would it look like if we all began to “grow in spiritual knowledge and insight”? Growth in spiritual knowledge and insight will take work on our part. It will require extra time reading the Bible at home and studying the Bible with others. It will require some extra time waiting before the Lord in a prayerful attitude in order to determine his guidance for us as we weigh various decisions that face us. The results will be similar to the early church in the Book of Acts. They were led by the Holy Spirit into new areas of ministry and into new challenges. We will be surprised by the thoughts and the direction that God will give us through the Holy Spirit who constantly lives within us.

I will continue to pray this prayer for each of you throughout 2021. It is my hope that each of us will find ways to allow Christ to be more and more at home in our lives and to encourage our roots to go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. (Ephesians 3:17)

David Brock


david brock ovalDavid loves being with people and greatly enjoys serving as pastor of Spiceland Friends Church. He and his wife, Linda, enjoy spending time with their three grown children and their grandchildren. David is also a full-time attorney. David likes to say that his job description is simple - it is like a pizza delivery person - deliver a hot, fresh sermon each week in LESS THAN 20 MINUTES! Actually, he does a few more things at the church, but his focus on the pastoral team is preparing a Sunday morning message that makes the scripture relevant and applicable to our lives.

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