According to Michael Frost, in his book Surprise the World, there are at least 5 things that every follower of Jesus can do to help a growing number of people experience a growing relationship with God. Over the last few weeks we’ve looked closely at the first 3 of these habits (regularly Blessing others, Eating with others, and Listening for the voice of the Spirit). This Sunday we’re going to explore habit number 4, Learning Jesus.
In Surprise the World, Michael Frost expresses his concern that far too many Christians have only a “passing knowledge” of the life and teachings of Jesus. They know what Frost calls “Jesus’ greatest hits – his birth, his death, his resurrection, a few miracles, and a couple of parables.” But for us to be able to answer people’s questions about Jesus, Christians need to know so much more. We need to know the Gospels forward and backward. We need to know what the earliest writings about Jesus, the Epistles, say about who he is and what he said and did. And we need to be continually learning Jesus, not just to be able to answer people’s questions about Jesus, but so that we can know, in every aspect of our lives, what Jesus would have us do.
Following last Sunday’s sermon on the habit of Listening to the Spirit, a lot of us were wondering how we can know whether the voices we hear, coming from all around us and even from with in us, are from the Spirit or not. In John 14:26 Jesus tells his earliest followers that “the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” In other words, Jesus sends the Spirit and the Spirit points back to Jesus. Learning to listen to the Spirit, therefore, begins by learning Jesus.
I really hope you’ll join us on Sunday as we continue to explore the power and the promise of learning Jesus.
Are you called to be an Alpha Host, Helper, and/or Inviter?
The purpose of Alpha is to help people experience a relationship with Jesus by sharing the good news of the gospel in a relaxed, easy-going and friendly atmosphere. As Nicky Gumbel, one of the leading figures of Alpha, likes to say, “Alpha is friends bringing friends.”
If you have experienced Alpha and found it meaningful and helpful for yourself, then you may be called to help others experience Alpha too. You may be called to invite someone you know to come to Alpha with you. Or maybe you’re called to help the team make all the guests to Alpha feel welcome, or perhaps even to host an Alpha discussion group.
Starting in April, St. Paul’s will be offering Alpha once again and we are looking for Hosts, Helpers and Inviters to help make this our most successful Alpha yet.
Our first planning meeting, which will include training for new Hosts and Helpers, is scheduled for March 21st, 7pm at St. Paul’s.
If you feel you’ve benefited from Alpha and want to see others benefit from it too, then we want you to be part of the team.
Tuesday, March 20 at 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
A team of 21 youth and leaders from all across the diocese are going to Toronto to learn about God by serving His people. The trip will be from April 28th to May 4th, and it’s estimated to cost about 9000$ total.
Last year’s trip was a huge success in which each of the participants took significant steps forward in their spiritual and leadership formation. The Parishes of the Upper Kennebecasis will be well represented by Rev. Dan McMullen, mission interns Nate Fetter and T.J.Trenzek-Jeall, Jessie Gowan, Carter Scott, and Amy, Cameron, and Chelsea Hoyt.
Please support these young missional leaders and enjoy some awesome chili while you’re at it.
Cost $10 per person or $25 for a family.
All proceeds will go to financing the mission trip to Toronto.