The start of school is just around the corner and I can hear the cheers of students everywhere ready to go back to school to learn everything they can, or maybe that is the cheers of parents to have their kids back in school. Our education system sets up stages and graduation opportunities for our learning. We graduate from high school and decide if or how we want to continue to learn from the education system. Then we graduate from college and there is the possibility of a masters, then a doctorate. Some people seem to go to school their whole life learning different things. That is one of the things that is different from the church and the education system, there is never a graduation moment from learning about God. Even if we were to study every second of every day for our whole lives we would not know all there is to know about God. So to say we do not need to be connected to learning opportunities about God is silly. There is also no retirement age for living out our faith. God has called us to live for him until our last breathe here and our first in his presence.
This fall I want to encourage everyone at Trinity to be connected with someone else in spiritual growth. I see most of these groups ranging from 2-12 people and having some similar aspects to them. First, there is value in getting to know the people in your group. Learning about their week and things that have gone well and not so well. Connection is something that everyone in the world desires on some level and it is something that we have been created for from the beginning.
Secondly, there needs to be interaction with the word of God. This could be by studying a specific book of the Bible and digging into what the verses and chapters are saying or it could be finding a book that uses scripture to engage a topic that is interesting to us. The important part of this is that the study and conversation are based on scripture and not on personal opinion or desire.
Finally, each group should have time in prayer. Time to share prayer requests for themselves or people they know. This opens up the opportunity for fellow group members to not only pray that night for the person, but throughout the week. Prayer is powerful and we need to learn how to use it well.
I am looking for people who would be willing to host a group in their home and/or facilitate the study for the night by keeping the conversation moving and on topic. If you could let me know over the next few weeks so that we can launch towards the beginning of September I would appreciate it.