"FIRST STEPS"

Every journey requires taking a first step. You can't think your way anywhere. You can't dream your way anywhere. If you're ever going to make it from point A to point B, you're going to have to move--and that requires putting one foot in front of the other and taking the necessary steps to guide you in the direction you want to go.

The same is true of your spiritual journey. To be a Christian means to follow Jesus--and in order to follow Jesus there are some fundamental steps you have to take in order to go where He leads.

Here in the first month of a new year we go back to the basics and consider the first steps that Christians for thousands of years have been called to take and that we're still being called to take today. Join us as we explore the essential paths of Christian faith--one step at a time. #FirstStepsMCC

 

WEEK 1: "IT STARTS WITH JESUS"

Aaron McClary - January 14, 2018

The very first step we have to take is in the direction of Jesus. The Christian faith starts with Jesus, ends with Jesus, and is full of Jesus everywhere in between. What we're saying when we call ourselves Christians should not be that we believe in a religion but that we follow a person.

"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." Psalm 37:23-24 (NLT)

WEEK 2: "BUILDING ON THE BIBLE"

Aaron McClary - January 21, 2018

The Psalmist wrote these words about Scripture--"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." If we're going to take steps forward in our faith we've got to be able to see where we're going. God's word--the Bible--illuminates our path and allows us to see where He's calling us to walk.

"People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever." 1 Peter 1:24-25 (NLT)

WEEK 3: "Committing to THE CHURCH"

Aaron McClary - January 28, 2018

We're never called to walk in isolation. God established the Church so that we could take our steps forward together--and its only in community that we can faithfully carry out the good work He has called us to.

"...the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself." Ephesians 1:23 (NLT)