What Makes Learning a Spiritual Practice?

Tim BrusterLearning feels good. It’s like scratching an itch we are all born with.

Quenching thirst. Satisfying hunger. Think about these sensations and how we sometimes use that same terminology to describe a deep desire to learn: a thirst for knowledge, hunger for information, craving for wisdom.

When Jesus says in Matthew 22:37, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind,” he is emphasizing the importance of loving God with our minds. This week, we’ll begin our Healthy Plate Discipleship sermon series with “LEARN,” and a special focus on how we can express our love for God by using our minds.

God gave us minds and souls that come “hard-wired” with a desire to learn and to understand. In fact, Jesus tells us that this natural and insatiable curiosity — “becoming like a little child” — is part of what grants us entry into the kingdom of heaven.

Let’s consider for a moment the insatiable curiosity of a child. With minds like little sponges, children are always wanting to grow and learn and discover more about their world.

One of the dangers of growing up, in fact, is that it becomes easier to slow down or even stop that process. When we think we know enough about something, we may stop caring about learning more or expanding our understanding.

Once we understand that learning is one of the most important ways we can faithfully follow Jesus, it is much easier to place priority on keeping alive our curiosity and interest in continuing to learn. When we intentionally ask questions, seek more information, think deeply, and expand what we know, we fulfill a basic need that is built into all of us — a need put there by God.

What new thing have you learned about God lately? What questions do you have about following Jesus? How might you reawaken and fulfill your innate need to learn?

I look forward to exploring this idea more with you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,




Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Community of believers (Acts 2:42-47)

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

FUMCFW has an exciting new vision for the future of our church. Join us in all worship services

Sundays | October 9 – November 13

for a sermon series introducing Healthy Plate Discipleship. It’s good stuff for the whole family.


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