Four vital signs tell us if we are healthy or not. Our blood pressure, heart and respiratory rates, and body temperature make up the baseline of our health. If one of them is out of normal, something is wrong. Many New Year's resolutions usually have something to do with bettering our vital signs.
Last year when I was teaching through 2 Peter I came across Peter's instructions to his readers to supply their faith with certain aspects of their life with Christ. (Check out 2 Peter 1:5-7 for his teaching.)
What caught my eye was not the list of characteristics--there are plenty of those in the New Testament--but his promise that if these "qualities" were present "in ever increasing measure," we would be effective and productive in our relationship with Jesus. (2 Peter 1:8, 9)
When I start a new season of growth I want to know about those things in my relationship with God that will make me effective and productive; that is, spiritually healthy. So, for the next several weeks at Legacy Church on Sunday mornings, we will walk through these eight vital signs of spiritual health. We started Sunday, January 3, with the first one, "trust." You can get started with us by listening here.
If you want to dig a little deeper in your knowledge of the Bible as you grow in your relationship with God, you may want to join me at Legacy for the next eight-week class I will teach as part of our partnership with B. H. Carroll Theological Institute.
I will teach Paul's Letter to the Romans beginning Tuesday, January 12, at Legacy. For details, go here. You can sign up as a reader or a student. Let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to learning with you.
Oh yeah, you haven't seen a picture of my granddaughter recently. Here she is in our Dallas White Christmas sort of enjoying the experience. We had a great time with her over the holidays. For more pictures and stories about her you can go here.