If you spend any time here at Faith Community you will begin to hear the phrase: "Follow well, love well, serve well." These are the building blocks of our life of faith here at Faith. These are Jesus' words in every Gospel. His call and command are as simple as they are challenging. Easily memorized but never mastered. These must be the DNA of our our lives, our community, and our relationships.
In light of the polarization in our culture; the growing hostility to the Christian faith, and the individualistic and isolating habits many pursue, it seems like a strategic time to focus on these simple words. Let us start 2018 by defining these words that define us and by encouraging one another to follow well, love well, and serve well.
We cannot love and serve others if we are not willing to have spiritual conversations. The very thought of this frequently causes fear of rejection and anxiety that we are unprepared and inadequate... if we are honest, many of us hope God will use someone else! Rose Males helps us overcome our apprehensions with insight and practical help.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
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Rose has posted some notes for us:
• RePlacing Church by Ben Katt. "This is a podcast to hear about spiritual conversations that are going on within the Christian community regarding spirituality, community, justice, leadership, etc. I’ve found this podcast helpful in catching the pulse of the times and how others are engaging with the world."
• the Bible Project "provides insight into the bible for people who want to explore what they believe and why."
• Finally, any book or podcast by David Fitch
In addition, check out the classic book on spiritual conversations: Out of the Saltshaker Into the World. That this book still remains in print and a bestseller indicates its ongoing value as a resource and encouragement to God's Church. An easy, empowering, and insightful book that, if you read, you will feel released.