“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
– Jesus (John 10:10)
Abundant life! I don’t know about you, but I like the sound of that. A life rich in meaning, full of purpose, thick with substance, durable and flourishing—that’s the kind of life I want. It’s the kind of life that deep down we know we were made for. And it’s the kind of life Jesus is offering those who will follow Him.
Jesus is inviting you on the journey of a lifetime to know God, feed your soul, grow in love, and change your world. It’s a spiritual journey of abundant life—the life you and I were made for—and it all starts when we respond to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. So, what are you waiting for? The journey of a lifetime awaits! Jesus is calling, “Come, follow me!” (Luke 18:22).
The Four Stages
At The Moody Church, the journey of a lifetime follows four stages outlined below.
Know God – Jesus initiates a relationship with His disciples. Jesus came to Earth to make God known, and here Jesus, the Son of God, is reaching out to people like you and me, inviting us to get to know Him, to follow Him. He wants a relationship with us. We were made to come alive in worship of God. Jesus is inviting you to know God through worship.
Feed Your Soul – Following Jesus is a life-transforming journey, and it is not a journey we take alone. Jesus is creating a community of disciples who will together learn how to look to Jesus for the nourishment of their souls. Our souls are starving for truth and life-giving relationships, and Jesus is creating a community of disciples where our souls can be fed. Jesus is inviting you to feed your soul through community.
Grow in Love – Jesus says that if we follow Him, He will make us into a new kind of person. This journey will deeply reform the character of our inner life. Jesus intends to make us like Himself. Jesus came to serve and give Himself away for others. And He invites us to grow in love as we give ourselves away as well. We are most fulfilled when we live for others. Jesus is inviting you to grow in love through service.
Change Your World – Jesus intends that His followers become “fishers of men.” It’s a metaphor, playing on the previous occupation of many of Jesus’ first disciples who were in fact fishermen. Jesus was speaking to their—and our —newfound purpose in life. Jesus is calling us to join Him in His rescue mission of bringing abundant life to the people around us. If you want to really change your world for eternity, there’s no greater opportunity than to join what Jesus is doing to redeem the world and renew people’s lives. Jesus is inviting you to change your world through mission.
The Journey of a Lifetime Sermon Series and Study Guide
Whether you are brand new to following Jesus or have been following Him most of your life, we hope this guide will help you along your way. It’s easy to use! Simply read one chapter a day, five days a week, for the next four weeks.
Download the guide at the link below.
Is the journey worth it?
Starting any journey can seem daunting at first. But if the destination is good, all the preparation is worthwhile. Watch some of the testimonies from people in our church family who’ve taken their next steps on the journey towards abundant life.