Thinking About Joining the MEM Class?
Perhaps you have heard about the class. Maybe you know nothing at all about what we do in MEM. Regardless of what you know or heard, let us, the leaders, tell you what we do and why we do it.
All of our leaders come from varied backgrounds and upbringings. Some of us grew up in strong Christian homes and some of us grew up in horribly broken families. Graciously, God has stepped into each of our lives at some point and saved us from our sin. By no merit of our own, we stand today as children of the living God. Ephesians 2:8-9
Between the four of us, we have decades of faith behind us and yet not all of those decades were particularly fruitful or marked by spiritual growth. In fact, some of us have periods in our walk with the Lord where our spiritual growth was stagnant or non-existent; and it showed.
Today, by the grace and long suffering of our God, our relationships with Jesus Christ are flourishing, growing and fruitful. We battle our sinful flesh everyday but we are growing. We are purposing everyday to live lives that glorify God. Having been discipled in the foundational disciplines of the Christian faith, we very much want to share that with the men of the Creek.
In this class, we learn about disciplines of the christian faith and then are held accountable for what we have learned. We are held accountable for "practicing" the faith we learn about. That word accountability can be intimidating. The leaders view that word as an opportunity for growth, encouragement and learning. This is what we aim to do as leaders - spur you on towards growth in the knowledge and practice of your faith.
So as you consider taking the class, consider this: look behind you. Take a look back at the last few years of your life and ask yourself, "How does it look?"
<> Is your faith growing in knowledge and practice?
<> How is your faith impacting your family, your work, your neighbors, or anyone? James 1:22-23
<> Do you generously give your money back to God from where it came? 2 Cor 8:3-5
<> Have you ever shared your faith in Christ with others? Matthew 28:18-29, 1 Peter 2:9
<> When was the last time you studied the Bible and prayed? Matthew 4:4, John 17:17, Phil 4:4-7, 1 Thess 5:17.
Tough questions for sure. If you are still not sure, take a minute and read through this short article: 10 Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup
We admit there are expectations and commitments associated with joining this class. Any time we need to give up our selfish desires in order to add what God asks of us, there is struggle. This is the war against the flesh and what makes this class hard.
Our recommendation would be to start where you are and take it one day at a time. We are committed to helping you get there if you truly want to grow in your faith. But know this - pursuing spiritual growth is well worth it!
1 Timothy 4: 7 "... discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;"