Rooted in Faith: Embracing the 4-Fold Christian Life {Plus $100 T-shirt Bundle Giveaway}

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My husband and I are  opposites.

I am outspoken, he is reserved.
I am a dreamer, he is realistic.
I am driven, he is laid-back.

I’ll never forget the friction these differences triggered early in our marriage.

Finding your other half is exhilarating; learning to live with your other half is exhausting.

From a young age, I dedicated my life to serving the Lord.

I envisioned a life partnered with a man who shared my calling.

When I married my Mechanical Engineer, I naively assumed that God would transform him into the man I thought I needed.

I wanted him to be just like me—an outspoken dreamer with an insatiable desire to lead others to Christ.

Fortunately, my husband is a wise and patient man.

After listening to me rant and rave about God’s call on my life and how I needed my spouse to lead the way, he responded with such tenderness, “Sarah, if I were actively engaged in ministry, who would care for you?”

As those words to settle in my soul, I released the future I envisioned and embraced the partner God gave me.

It’s been 12-years since that day and I’ve grown to admire and respect my husband’s differences.

My husband’s strength and support frees me to selflessly serve.

He cares for me so I can care for you!

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Colossians 2:6-7 says, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

My husband and I agree on the importance of growing deep roots within the local church, but for years we struggled to find a church family that met our diverse needs.

I crave community, he craves solid teaching.
I care about relationships, he cares about doctrine.
I want to belong, he wants to learn.

Shortly after our two girls were born, we set out to find a new church home.

It didn’t take long for us to agree that Parkview EFC was the right fit for us.

Many of our friends attend (relationships for me) and the pastor is committed to expository preaching (solid biblical teaching for him).

We have faithfully attended and served the Parkview family for the past 8-years.

With every passing year, our roots grow deeper and our lives produce more bountiful blossoms.

God’s calling upon Parkview Church is to be “Rooted to the Scriptures.”

We believe that the greatness of our God through Jesus Christ is made visible in the 4-Fold life. The “4-Fold” life is …

Are you ready to build a life rooted in faith, built up in community, and sustained by scripture? Embrace the 4-fold Christian life! | Christian Woman | Inspiration and Faith | Church life| Christian Clothing | Marriage Advice
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1. A God-Centered Life 

Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. -Psalm 86:8-10

A God-centered life is all about Him, not us.

What does God value? What does He think? What pleases Him?

Our focus must be on God’s greatness, not our desires.

2. A Gospel-Oriented Life

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

A Gospel-oriented life is focused on the Good News.

Salvation is the work of God from start to finish, wholly dependent on the work of God’s grace.

The gospel motivates us to share Jesus with everyone and earnestly apply the good news to every area of our life.

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3. A Church-Connected Life

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:23-25

A Church-connected life is committed to serve a specific community of believers.

It is our responsibility to actively participate in the ministry of the church.

We do not focus on what the church offers us, rather we prayerfully consider what we offer the church.

4. A Character-Transformed Life

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. -1 Peter 1:14-16

A Character-transformed life is governed by God’s Truth.

The Holy Spirit governs our mental outlook and our heart’s affections.

We establish significant relationships with fellow believers and our lives are a testimony to God’s redeeming work.

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Rooted in Faith

The 4-fold life is rooted in faith, built up in community, and sustained by Scripture.

It demands that we curb selfish behavior and submit to the authority of the local Church.

It forces us to recognize that the purpose of the Church is not to cater to our every desire.

The purpose of the Church is to grow us from a weak seedling into to a robust, productive specimen.

The 4-fold Christian life is not supposed to be posh and comfortable.

It is messy, complex and beautiful—just like being married to your other half.

To Live Like Jesus T-shirt Bundle Giveaway

Don’t you just love the Rooted in Faith t-shirt featured in this blog post? Recently, I stumbled upon this awesome clothing company called “To Live Like Jesus” on Instagram.

This specific t-shirt design caught my eye because it is so close to our Church mission, “Rooted to the Scriptures.”

I reached out to the owner of the company, Chad Nichols, about featuring his custom design on my blog, and the rest is history.

Chad shipped me a box full of t-shirts and asked me to share them with all of you!

I am giving away a $100 t-shirt bundle here on the blog.  It includes 5 unique t-shirt designs in assorted sizes. Enter below and be sure to tell your friends about it!

Once you’ve entered the giveaway, be sure to swing by Chad’s store and check out all of his designs.  If you decide to purchase a shirt or two, use the discount code “rootedinfaith” for 15% off your entire order.

Also, if you aren’t already following me on Instagram, be sure to do that now.

I am offering  a flash-givaway (of the Rooted in Faith design I am wearing) on my Instagram Page this week.

If you were given the opportunity to create your own t-shirt, what quote or scripture would you incorporate into your design?

This article has been shared at many of my favorite Faith & Family Linkups.

Photography by Kristi Foreman of Picture Perfect Portraits.

Sarah Koontz

About Sarah Koontz

  Sarah Koontz invites Christians of all ages to explore the beauty of God’s design. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah lives on 13-acres in South Dakota with her husband, two daughters and a rowdy flock of 30 chickens. She revels in their simple, uncluttered life. Follow Sarah on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Read Sarah's full Bio Here.

52 thoughts on “Rooted in Faith: Embracing the 4-Fold Christian Life {Plus $100 T-shirt Bundle Giveaway}

  1. Beautiful words today, Sarah! I love how you and your husband are opposites and how that works. I also love how God brought you to a church that is focused on Him through the Gospel, connectedness and transformation. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I think my tshirt would say “If you have time to worry – you have time to pray!”
    Love how God uses such differences in our relationships to help shape and mature us in our walk. Great post! Thanks for the offering the giveaway too.

    1. Thanks Abby, I remember that you and Scott (along with the McCarty’s) were one of the big reasons we decided to switch churches in the first place. Love our Parkview family!

  3. I’m just beginning to see what God truly sent me when He saw fit to send me a husband. I’ve changed so much in our 9 years of marriage, yet when I look up, He is right there with me…changing…loving…it’s truly amazing. On a separate note, if I designed my own tshirt, I would use the words “ordinarily extraordinary” surprise surprise!

    1. Brittany, you should totally design your own t-shirt! Check out what Laruen Gaskill did at LaurenInspires.com. She is a sweetie and I bet she’d share what service she used if you asked.

  4. If you have prayed don’t worry…if you worry, then don’t pray. Something to that effect that you need to place all trust and faith in God to take care of the situation. Leave it at the cross and stop picking it back up and trying to fix it on your own!

  5. Laughing out loud at your “Finding your other half is exhilarating; learning to live with your other half is exhausting” statement, because YES! So true. But as you know, God is so good to us in giving us an opposite partner, because even though it can be difficult, it is a great opportunity for growth and intimacy. Great post, my dear friend!

  6. God is really highlighting roots at the moment, and I really love what you said about your husband and ministry. Early in our marriage I seemed to have the same problem, though I’m not the outspoken one, I’m the shy one, who wanted him to speak up so I didn’t have to! But we are discovering we each have different ministry styles and outreaches for God to use. We love our local churches too, we actually go to two, a house church in our home town and another bigger one in a city an hour away.
    I love the rooted in faith T

    1. God has been teaching me about roots ever since I moved to the country and started gardening, they are soooooo important! It’s lovely when you get to the point in marriage where you learn to embrace each other’s differences, isn’t it Lizzy?

  7. Love the explanation of how you and your husbands are opposites. My hubby and I are polar opposite too:)
    I love the shirt you’re wearing in the pictures and the giveaway sounds awesome!
    Have a great weekend!
    #GraceMoments

  8. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Thank you for your encouragement as I have an “opposite husband marriage,” too! Your words are a blessing to read.💗

    I would have a shirt that says, “Imperfect but forgiven child of God.”

    Have a wonderful rest of your night!

  9. I love this Sarah! I would definitely include the words Saved by Grace on my shirt! I actually have one that says that! 🤗 Another one would be, She laughs at the future without fear. My hubby and I are opposites as well, and I have grown to cherish that fact. It works well for us!

  10. Nice giveaway idea. My husband and I are opposites too, but it’s been wonderful seeing God has taught us to complement and round off each other, so that now after 8 years our relationship is sweet.

    If I would design a t shirt it would say “Rest In Him”, with a picture of a lighthouse in the midst of a storm.

  11. Sarah,

    You are so beautiful, inside and out. I love this post, the history and the story that proceeded from it. I love it when our husbands are able to see us and finally tell us what they see so that we can have a peace in that. God is good to give us those people. I pray your ministry blooms and your reach grows. I love that about you, your contagious faith.

    The t-shirts are amazing btw! Thanks for sharing that. And for sharing this at #GraceMoments. I am so grateful you are a part of my community.
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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