G.R.O.W. Points - A Pathway to a Deeper Faith

February 1, 2022 | Read Time: 2 mins

By: Rev. Luann Riley

It's an exciting time in the life of our church. 2022 will bring a renewed focus and vision on growing deeper in faith. Jesus' call "to follow me" is an invitation to begin a life-long journey to explore and apply God's Word, grow in maturity, love our neighbors, share our faith, and, ultimately, become more like Him. At The Woodlands Methodist Church, we desire to be intentional in providing opportunities to grow, people to grow with, and places to serve, worship, and live out your faith.

This year, we are launching G.R.O.W. Points. Grow Points is a pathway to connect and live out your faith at The Woodlands Methodist Church. No matter where you are in your faith, we are excited to journey with you. Centered on the acronym G.R.O.W., the pathway encompasses all aspects of what it means to follow Jesus. More than just another church program, the pathway helps us identify the areas of our discipleship where we want to grow and then connects us to opportunities that deepen our biblical knowledge, love for others, and shapes us to become difference-makers in our community and world.

Gather in Community - We are created for community. Biblical community is essential to our spiritual growth and it’s where we engage God's word, support, encourage and serve one another. From Bible Studies to Connect Classes to Home Groups and more, life change happens best in community.

Raise Up - As followers of Jesus, we have a story to tell about a God who called us into saving faith. Our stories are as different as the people who tell them, but what they have in common are relationships and people who played an essential role in our faith. In the same way that Jesus invested in the earliest disciples, we now invest in others by sharing our faith, mentoring, teaching, and leading.

Outward Focus -When Jesus was asked the most important commandment for us to follow, He made it simple. Love God and love your neighbor. He modeled the kind of servant love that compels us to serve sacrificially in our church, homes, communities, and world. From greeting on a Sunday morning to serving in Children's Ministry to local and global missions, we understand that our lives have great purpose and can make a difference in the lives of others.

Walk With God -Each day is an opportunity to grow in our relationship with God. Our faith journey is a walk where we commit to following Jesus closely through worship, prayer, and spiritual practices. Our relationship with God is deeply personal, but it's also communal. We worship with our lives, and we also worship together on the weekends. We pray personally, but there is also great power in praying together. When we walk closely with God throughout our faith journey, evidence of life transformation is noticeable to us and others.

When Jesus commissioned his disciples, he said to them, "Go and Make Disciples." G.R.O.W. Points is the way that we are fulfilling Jesus' mission in our church, community, and the world.

We hope you will join us in 2022 as we grow deeper together in our faith.