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NMC Worship Times & Locations

All Services Located At: 70417 SR 19 North, Nappanee, IN, 46550 (Get Directions)

  • Worship Center

    8:00, 9:30, 10:45

    Services in the Worship Center featuring light, contemporary worship music with live teaching.

  • Connection

    9:15 & 10:45

    Video teaching with progressive worship music in the Gym.

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You Were Made to Grow

You were made to grow. You were made to change. You were made to continually learn, to fail, to succeed, to adapt, to gain wisdom and understanding. You were not made to sit still, be still, remain where you are forever. As a masterpiece of God, made in His image, He is changing you, molding you, stretching you, growing you. The Creator is creating you more and more into the man, woman, boy, or girl He designed you to be. You were made to grow.

Last night we kicked off regular Wednesday night programming. We gathered together in the Chapel, in the Grand Hall, in the Pavilion, under the stars. We set the tone for the year to come and began to learn about one another. We stepped into a new pattern and asked one another to set aside that time each week to grow together.

You were made to grow.

Grow: Practicing healthy disciplines. As a church, we cling to five words we believe are crucial to discipleship. It starts with change-choosing to follow Christ-and is followed by growth- practicing healthy disciplines.

Growth is a beautiful thing. It is a masterpiece in and of itself. Watching a baby grow is astounding. Within months of his or her birth, the growth is evident. As time goes on, the growth makes that newborn baby seem like a distant memory. Fingers and toes which once fit so neatly in the palm of the parents’ hands now fit into work gloves. Those feet that once took wobbly first steps now take graceful strides across a finish line. Mouths that struggled to pronounce “t’s” and “r’s” now read books in front of a class.

You were made to grow.

Ingrained in our very DNA is the ability to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes this growth comes in the silence and solitude of our own personal lives. Other times it comes in community, when we engage people around us. As our lives collide with others, we change.  Sometimes the most powerful growth we can experience could never come if we are alone.

This is why we do things at NMC like Coffee Break, ESPMen, Small Churches and Revelation Fitness. This is why we believe in groups like Knit Together, Divorce Care, Small Groups and KidMin classes. It’s why we host things like The Global Leadership Summit where men and women, business leaders and pastors, employees and volunteers gather to learn alongside each other. It’s why we facilitated a class like Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, a class where students dove deeper into the Bible, into history and into culture to help further the Kingdom as they grow in the Lord.

You were made to grow.

As the pace of our lives picks up, intentional growth won’t happen unless we carve out space. We collapse onto the couch after a long day of work and parenting and solving problems. The TV becomes a way to turn off our brain, a much needed break. Everyone has days like this, and sometimes the best remedy is a moment of peace and quiet with a little background noise of the TV

But what if this becomes our normal? What if we rarely pause to pray and read the Word of God? What if we never crack open a book about discipleship or following Christ? What if we never engage in conversation with someone who thinks differently than us? What if we never pause and listen to those wiser than us? What if we stay inside our comfort zones, never take risks, never step into the unknown? What if our world remains small? What if we don’t educate ourselves on the plight of others, on the struggles they face and the hope that can be brought to them because of Christ?

There is beauty in growth. There is delight in change and in becoming the men and women God designed us to be. This growth, sometimes small and subtle and other times drastic and obvious, leads us closer to the heart of the Father.

May we look for ways to grow. May we grow in the silence and solitude of our personal lives, and may we grow in a community. May we carve out space in our lives to see the Holy Spirit work in our hearts.

You were made to grow.