Growing a Spiritual Family Tree
Growing a Spiritual Family Tree

Growing a Spiritual Family Tree

Growing a Spiritual Family Tree

We all have a family tree, a connection to the past through our parents, grand-parents, great-grandparents, and so on. We each also have a spiritual family tree, a connection to faith through the person who was a part of you coming to know Christ. Pastor Bob Russell once had a member of their church trace their spiritual family tree by simply asking the question, “Why did you begin coming to our church?”

The first person they asked, a retired Major General, said “My brother-in-law had been coming and was so enthusiastic that whenever my wife and I were in town, we attended.” So they asked his brother-in-law the same question; he said, “I ran into a friend from high school. His life was so changed that when he invited me to church, I decided I had to check it out.” Then they asked that friend from high school, who said, “I met a guy at the gym where I work out. Our kids were the same age, and he started talking about what a good youth program the church has and he invited me to come.” They kept asking that same question and kept working up the family tree until they finally hit the last (or first) person. When it was fully traced, there was a chain of eight families that came to the church through the first person, who had just randomly pulled into the church parking lot one day.

Bob made this observation about that family tree: “Everyone in the tree except for the first person came to our church because someone was so excited about the church that they naturally invited someone else to come.”

Easter is this Sunday, and it is usually the day of the year when people are most open to coming to church. In most churches like Valley View, over half of those attending came because someone took the initiative to simply invite them. This Sunday we will be teaching from John 20:19-31, completing the resurrection story that Colby began last Sunday. There are no life groups on Easter, so come join us for cinnamon rolls in the lobby starting at 10AM, followed by the service at 11AM.

Who has God put on your heart to invite? They might be the beginning of a chain of eight or more families of a new spiritual family tree. God might use you to change the spiritual legacy of generations throughout our community just by taking one step of faith to invite someone. And over time, as we plant new family trees, our prayer is that these seeds grow into a mighty forest throughout all of Southwest Louisville!

 

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