If we practise a musical instrument for an hour once a week, we won’t catch up with virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy, perfect pianist Lang Lang, or guitar guru Nile Rogers anytime soon, will we?!
The same can be said of our walk with God. We are all at different places in our faith: some at St Saviour’s are here asking questions; others are confident in their relationship with God; still others are somewhere in the middle, perhaps coming on Sundays, but putting God and faith to the side in the busyness of their week.
The bad news is that if we put God to the side, we can never truly learn what God is about and benefit from the relationship he wants to have with us.
The really good news is that it is much easier than we might think to get stuck in! We have twelve home groups at St Saviour’s, which meet at a variety of times and places, each made up of a variety of people. These groups are not only a superb way to find friendship and support in our successes and life challenges, but are safe, comfortable places to learn about God and the Bible’s teaching, to become true disciples.
In the Gospel of John chapter 8 Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. […] So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.’ John 8: 31-32, 36
True disciples live in freedom from fear of death, guilt, the power of the enemy, and the trouble sin brings. This freedom brings joy. Joy is the wellspring that changes us for the better, refreshes and sustains us in our daily lives, and also brings God glory!
If you would like to chat about home groups or growing in God, please contact Laura Simpkins.
Laura Simpkins, discipleship coordinator