Devotions

Growth Community

Grow | Devotion #5: Growth Community
Gareth Volz | Seniors 55+ Director

Verse 1
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.

Refrain
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Verse 2
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.

Verse 3
Standing on the promises I now can see
Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
Standing on the promises of God.

Verse 4
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
Standing on the promises of God.

Verse 5

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

As I reflected on the words of this hymn, I was reminded why it is important that I take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of a Growth Community again this year. Growth Communities provide us with the opportunity to gather with fellow believers and study the Bible – God’s Holy Word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul writes, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Since the Bible is God-breathed, it is inerrant. If I know God’s promises and stand on them, I cannot fail. If I am God taught, God trained, and God equipped, I will be able to prevail when the howling storms of doubt and fear assail. Proverbs 30:5 says, Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

The River Church has Growth Communities for senior adults, married couples, men, women, students, and children at all locations. They meet on different days of the week and at different times to try and meet each believer’s needs and schedule. The Growth Communities are opportunities for us to study God’s Word throughout the week, and then come together to study what God has taught us. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”  As we study God’s Word together, we help each other to stand in the liberty where Christ makes us free, to overcome daily with the Spirit’s Sword (the Bible), and to rest in Jesus as our all in all.

We have to know the promises of God in order to be “standing on the promises of God.”



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