"Now Moses wrote down the starting points of their journeys at the command of the LORD. . . . "
God is a meticulous record-keeper. Not only does He keep updated church membership rolls--He also chronicles the progress of His chil-
dren. What are some basic "starting points" of the Christian life? Bap-
tism. Profession of faith in Jesus (as a result of the gift of regenera-
tion). Understanding of God's sovereignty (Calvinism). Comprehension of Covenant Theology. Ecclesiocentricity. Priority of Sunday and the church's worship. Understanding of one's calling. More assurance of God's perfect and unchanging love.
It is not a bad idea to keep tabs on our own church lives. Maybe you write down major spiritual events in your Bible (or elsewhere). If you do, you have a good example in God, who notates our advancement in our faith and resultant love (for Christ).
[Puritan quote of the day: "The fear of God will make one avoid those sins which can neither be heard or seen by men." --Thomas Watson, in, "The Great Gain of Godliness"]