Something’s Not Quite Right (Or is it?)

Merry Christmas!  Yes, it’s been awhile–I know.  For those who attend Tower Hill Church, you know that we’ve been busy: finishing a capital campaign, major renovation projects, staff changes–it’s been a crazy Fall!  That certainly hasn’t left much time for blogging or really, anything else.

Our church has experienced a season of growth in the last few years (which is awesome), but this has created its own set of challenges.  One of the biggest challenges is around spiritual growth. The question I’ve been asking all Fall is: with all the new Christians, returning-to-church-after-years-away Christians, and even not-yet Christians, how do we help them identify and take their next steps of faith?  

I’ve pretty much been obsessed with this question (just ask the staff).  That’s because I’m hearing it from many of our attenders.  Actually, they’re asking two questions: 1. I believe in Jesus, so what should I do next?  2. How do I discover what God wants me to do next?  These questions sound the same, but the first one is about what opportunities are available and the second is about how to listen for God’s direction.  And both are critically important.

So, I feel compelled to talk about this.  And, in the coming weeks, will have material around this topic of NEXT STEPS…

Let’s start with: How do I know if God wants me to make a change?

We’ve all been in a situation, maybe a job or relationship or circumstance, where we felt…

Something’s not quite right.

That’s usually how it starts.  You feel that you are unsettled, uninspired, dissatisfied, or stuck in a rut–that you might be missing out on something more.  It’s a pit in your stomach that seems to be getting worse.  Is this from God?  Is this from your own brain?  Did you eat a bad sandwich?

The truth is, not all pits in the stomach are signs from God.  But some are.  Some are, what Bill Hybels calls, a Holy Discontent–a movement of the Holy Spirit that is nudging you in a different direction.  How do you tell the difference?   Well, let me offer a starting point.

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