Navigating the Discipleship Pathway
If you’ve attended GT for more than a week, I’m sure you’ve heard the buzzwords “Discipleship Pathway” and I’m sure at some point you’ve thought, What the heck is that? Well good news! I’m going to debunk the mystery for you today! The Discipleship Pathway came out of a felt need for clear steps to connection and spiritual growth at GT. Church can be a very lonely place if you don’t know anyone, and EVERYONE wants to know and be known. And I think we can all agree that it would be super awkward to raise your hand in the middle of Sunday morning service and say, “Pastor, I don’t get it?!” when you come across a passage of scripture you don’t understand. We want you to know and to grow and it was with this in mind that the Pathway was carefully …
I Love Me Some Lent
I grew up a religious mutt. As I child, I was baptized Episcopal, confirmed Lutheran, accepted Jesus as my Savior in a Non-Denominational church, and then received my First Holy Communion in the Catholic church as an adult. I went where my Mom led us; not realizing it, this hybrid development of religion fed my hunger to learn more as an adult. I ask a lot of questions to God, trusted counsel, and my mentor. My walk through religion, my unending desire to seek God, and hope to love like Jesus lead through each of these religious seasons straight to the foot of the cross. Each religion has some shape of customs or traditions. These traditions either lead you towards the cross or away from it. Lent is a practice commonly found in organized religions. With its expectation of rules …
Just Choose Jesus // A Story About Water Baptism
By Betsy Fick
Being on a church staff can be awkward sometimes. When we came to GT, I was just graduating high school. I had grown up in a church and been baptized as a baby, and for a while, I didn’t feel compelled to be baptized as an adult because I felt like it was almost disrespectful to the promises my parents had made when they baptized me as an infant. When I was in middle school, I went through Confirmation and affirmed those promises for myself. So when we ended up at GT a few years later, I really had mixed feelings about water baptism. I knew that water baptism as an adult was an important part of GT’s beliefs, but I just didn’t feel compelled to do it. It was this strange tug of guilt and yet at the same …
What is the Holy Spirit?
What is the Holy Spirit? Umm…that’s kind of a big question! A much bigger question than can be adequately addressed in a blog post, so consider this more of a small introduction to the Holy Spirit rather than an exhaustive explanation. Here’s the good news for both of us, you don’t need to have a PhD or be a pastor to understand the role of the Holy Spirit in your life! Let’s start with some background and talk about what the Holy Spirit is not. The Holy Spirit is not an “it”, the Holy Spirit is a “He”. The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity- Father God, Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Just as equally God as the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is not an angel or created being. Just as God aways was and is …
Fasting – Why, When, and How
What if I told you that fasting isn’t just something that people did in “Bible times” and it’s not just for super Christians or pastors of churches or religious leaders? What if I told you that at its core fasting is a reflection of what Christ did for us by leaving Heaven and dying on the cross so that we could eternal life through having a relationship with Him? Instead of keeping asking “what if” let’s get right into the headline of this post, the why and when of fasting. Fasting can be a daunting task when it’s looked at from a human perspective, and it can bring up a lot of natural questions. You mean I’m not going to eat for a day or two days or a week? But won’t I be hungry? I’m certainly going to get …
What is Advent?
By Betsy Fick
Advent. Growing up in a liturgical church, I always looked forward to the Sunday that the advent wreath appeared, in all of its shiny gold glory. It had four candles, arranged in a circle, around one large pillar candle. Each candle represented a different concepts – hope, peace, joy, and love, and the center, Christ. As the weeks led toward Christmas, we lit one new candle every Sunday, until we lit the center Christ candle on Christmas Eve. (As a middle-schooler who served as an accolade, it mostly meant I had more candles to light, and I loved that.) But beyond wreaths and special candles and calendars filled with chocolate, what is Advent, really? Simply, the word advent means an arrival, a coming. In a deeper sense, though, Advent is the fulfillment of an ages-old promise that God made to …