Our discipleship groups are made up of three or four people who regularly meet at each other’s homes, cafés or even the pub! This is a great way to build closer relationships where we encourage, pray and support each other.
Listening and Responding
Isca’s teaching series is to help equip us with biblical examples of how God speaks to His people and how they respond and act, or don’t!
We hope that as the series progresses, we will grow more confident in how God speaks to us and encourages us in our obedience to Him, to be equipped in our personal lives as well as our collective church life together as we seek vision for the next few years.
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January 2020 Questions for reflection and discussion
One of the main ways that I have found connection with God is being aware of his presence on my everyday journeys when I’m driving alone - thinking perhaps where I’m driving to and the journey I’m on - helps me reflect on my journey with God thanking him and asking him to help me be aware of him during my day and with the people I meet. I may recall previous journeys and prayers and give thanks that God is still at work with me whatever!
Another thing I have found helpful for reflection has been having a single word - my One Word - that I have chosen for the whole year to help me reflect and listen and respond to what God is saying or wanting me to understand or share with others. It can be any word that is chosen that you feel helps you connect with God in some way. It’s amazing to find how many scripture references there are to your word! Last year my word was “rooted” and I was particularly drawn by the verses in Ephesians 3:17-19:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
This made me think about being grounded secure and stable in God’s love. I would be reminded of this perhaps when I was out walking and notice tall trees or some uprooted tree roots after storms emphasising how important roots are to ensure stability and to obtain the right nutrients for growth.
It’s so important to put our spiritual roots down into God’s love and care and to ensure we take what is needed for our spiritual growth and to enable us to grow into mature disciples of Jesus - after all discipleship involves growing to become more like Jesus and to do the things he did. Putting our roots down into him involves connecting with him through prayer, reflection, scripture, reading and lots more on our own but it also helps to meet with others and encourage each other to grow strong in our everyday lives and activity. Like this we can find that we are able to ‘pick up the ways’ of Jesus from each other so helping us to mutually disciple each other and look out to help others on their journeys too.
There are opportunities in our Isca Church family to join or form a discipleship group with 2 or 3 others. So do join in and be part of one - I recommend them to you! Enjoy the journey!