Since I met Jeff Sanders nearly 30 years ago, I’ve logged more than my fair share of miles on trails. Valleys were rarely our final destination; we aim for mountain tops. In fact, we were engaged on a mountain top! Valleys are usually the passageways to peaks.
For the rest of September, let’s talk about what it means to be a “Valley Girl.” If you got my August/September newsletter, you knew this was coming. Being in a bit of a valley season myself, I’m off to a slow start. But the important thing in valley journeys is that you don’t stay in the valley. You move forward.
In my many miles of trail hiking, I’ve learned that you don’t want to follow someone who doesn’t use a map. If you follow someone who chooses a trail on a whim and sets out to “find the way,” you’ll probably get lost or end up at the wrong destination. When choosing a Bible study as a guide to growth, I only choose tools developed by those who use the map of God’s truth. Today I want to share a new study with you, written by a friend who unfolds the panels of Revelation 3 and leads the way to learning lessons from a lukewarm church. Better yet, Cindy has traversed the valley herself, so she speaks from first hand experience. I want to follow someone who has been there.
I agree with Cindy Bultema that “Lukewarm should not be the norm!” Valley dwelling threatens to anchor us to lukewarm living, but Cindy uses God’s truth and her own testimony to lead us out of valleys and to the mountain tops of following Christ. I’m so excited about this message that I shared it with our team that serves at Serenity Shelter for women, and the precious women there have already been on the journey of learning Red Hot Faith.
Features of Red Hot Faith
- 8 weeks of growing your faith in a personal way
- Suggestions for prayer & interaction
- Discussion questions to use with a partner of group
- Memory verses to hide in your heart and mind
- Optional material for going deeper
- Video teaching in a length that complements your relationship building, instead of competing with it.
- Really practical tips for leaders in the Leader Guide
Cindy knows that valleys are a means of growing mountain-sized faith. I’ve followed some people down trails before only to find I’d been deceived. (I have totally forgiven Jeff for this 😉 ) It’s a terrible feeling to learn that the trail you’re on is not the trail you told you were taking. I’ve been miles in, only to feel “stuck” with no (easy) way out. Instead of a gradual climb, it was steep ascent. Instead of flat land, it was hilly. Instead of moderate, it was technical. Cindy is a transparent, honest leader in the journey of learning from the church of Laodicea. Her own story is a key piece of this new study, and she uses her personal journey to help others grow their faith to be Red Hot.
Lukewarm should definitely not be the norm, and we are meant to experience the high country of vibrant faith.
You can purchase Red Hot Faith here.