"Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place."
In the above letter addressed to the Ephesian church in Revelation, Jesus instructs the believers there to "do the things you did at first." He's telling them to do these "first things" in order to regain their "first love"--the experience of love they had with God at the beginning of their faith.
I'm inviting everyone at First Assembly to attend the First Things Retreat that we are designing with 5 First Things in mind--Repentance, Prayer/Worship, the Word, the Holy Spirit and Fellowship.
The plan is to go away on a Friday night and return Sunday afternoon for extended times of prayer, worship, and experiencing God. The Women's First Things Retreat will happen April 13-15 and the Men's First Things Retreat will take place April 20-22. Buses will be taking people to the retreats, if you would rather not drive.
The cost for the retreat is $100. You can sign up now at church and begin to pay the tuition in installments or in one chunk right away. More can be learned about this retreat at the First Things table in the church lobby.
I'm looking forward to this time away together. God does the deepest works of renewal in our lives when we will put everything on hold and seek him. I can't wait see and hear what God will do during these weekends just following Easter!
Labels: baptism in the Holy Spirit, Church life, discipleship, First Assembly of God Lafayette, Holy Spirit, spiritual growth, spirituality