A couple of weeks ago, I was taking one of our kids to school when I noticed one of the tires on the van was a little flat. So, I took it to the gas station, filled it up and went on with my day. Well, by noon the same tire was close to flat again and I knew we had a leak. So, I brought it to another gas station, they sprayed some kind of liquid on the tire, found the leak, patched it and inflated the tire. Problem solved, back to life.
None of that is a big deal when it comes to a tire but when we approach our relationship with Jesus the same way, it’s a very big deal. Over the course of the week, we become aware that our lives are leaking a bit – we see flashes of anger, hints of selfishness and bursts of lust. We know something’s off but we aren’t quite sure what, so we go to church on Sunday and I spray a little liquid on the tire of your life during the sermon and help find the leak. “Oh, I’m angry because I’m struggling to trust that God is using His sovereign power for my good.” Then we patch the leak with a little forgiveness, some fresh inspiration and a whole lot of determination. But over the course of the week, we see a leak so we go back to square one and start the process all over again.
It’s a totally reactive way of living the Christian life. You’re always fighting to get back to neutral and never growing into a stronger disciple of Jesus. It’s settling for sin management when Jesus has called you to Kingdom impact. There’s no growth, just damage control.
And it will stay that way until we learn to address the deeper issues that are causing the tire to leak in the first place. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be offering Pete Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course this spring at Restoration City. It’s an in depth discipleship course designed to help us explore what’s going on under the surface of our lives – where the leaks are coming from and why we struggle with some of the things we do. The course combines a robust understanding of emotional health, a biblical understanding of spirituality, and the life changing power of the gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that will be tremendously beneficial to your soul and life.
All of this fits perfectly with our deep commitment to the centrality of the gospel in all things. At the end of the day, the gospel is not only the patch on the tire but also the way to stop the leak at it’s source. EHS isn’t presenting an alternative to the gospel – it’s helping us see where and how to apply the gospel in our souls and lives.
I believe this course is so foundational to where God is leading us as a church that I’m teaching all 8 weeks. We’ll be meeting from 12.30 – 2.30 at our WeWork offices on Sunday afternoons starting on April 22nd and going through June 17th with the exception of Memorial Day weekend. If you’re willing to take the journey with me, get registered today at rcc.church/ehs.