About our guest this week:
(from her website)
Lindsey Carlson is the mother of five children (ages 3-14) and has served alongside her husband in pastoral ministry since 2003. She and her family moved from Texas to Baltimore, Maryland in 2015 to plant Imprint Community Church with the help of the North American Mission Board. She enjoys teaching and discipling women through writing and public speaking, but most often through the context of the local church.
In May 2019, Lindsey released her first book, Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Maturing in Christ with Crossway Publishing. Lindsey also contributed a chapter on worship to The Gospel Coalition’s women’s book, Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ in 2018. More of Lindsey’s writing can be found on The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Risen Motherhood, Christianity Today, True Woman, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and various other contributor sites.
Encouragement from this episode:
Lindsey shared about –
- how sanctification isn’t a fairy godmother process, of instant transformation
- the spiritual dangers that teen girls encounter
- the vital importance of reaching out to and ministering to teen girls in our churches
- actively being on the lookout for teen girls in our lives with whom we might be able to grow a discipleship relationship
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The good news of your pursuit of growth and godliness, is that this is something the Lord delights to work in you by the power of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t it a beautiful thing that God is even more concerned with our sanctification than we are? He’s given us everything we need for this journey of growth in the Lord, the apostle Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:2-3 “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
So as you pursue Him in your own life, and as you reach out to the teens around you, in your home and in your church, remember that the Lord is with you in this endeavor and will certainly accomplish his good work in you. We don’t approach these efforts to grow in godliness and maturity in our own strength apart from the Spirit’s power. We have a God who has given us himself and He is with us to the very end. Paul tells us in Philippians (1:2-6), “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
May this be true for us and for the teen girls we minister to.