This Sunday at Healingsprings fellowship: Critical Journey | The life of Discipleship

Last week I introduced and completed the first stage of the six stages: Recognition of God. During the lecture, we explored Isaiah’s epiphany and the story of the leper in the first chapter of Mark’s gospel; as a mirror into our lives and experiences as followers of Christ.

This week we press on to the next stage: the life of discipleship. To this end Jesus’ words, inviting his new friends to a life of discipline (which is where the word discipleship evolved from), comes alive in my spirit:

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people. (Matthew 4:19 NRSV).

Follow me, and I will make you… Therefore, in following the transformation process is ignited! In fact Paul alluded to this when he wrote to friends in Corinth:

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NRSV)

To this end, we will be engaging our minds with characteristics like: meaning from belonging; answers found in a leader/cause/ belief system; sense of righteousness; and security in our faith.

Critical Journey is the product of a beautiful piece of work by Janet Hagberg and Robert Guelich. It is an attempt to articulate the key stages in the life of faith. Each week we will examine one of the six stages: exploring, evaluating, challenging, reflecting, learning; drawing strength from the bible, and each other’s experiences. The series will culminate with a celebratory service.

So why not drop-by for a life-changing experience? This 90 mins might end up being a catalyst for some awesome things.

(6:00 – 7:30)pm

The Art Centre, Drama Room, Bexleyheath Academy, Woolwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7DA

There are free parking spaces in front of the school and on the adjacent streets

Our Big Sunday Celebration can be best described as a community Christian festival. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, together we: sing, pray, give, celebrate life, discuss current affairs, present thoughts from Biblical themes, and encourage one another; like one big family!

The Words of Our Elders: Denise Shekerjian

To our eyes, these striking moments of creativity stand as magnificent monuments that appear so suddenly and with such impact, we assume a genius has been at work. The appeal of such an assumption is strong. It’s far nicer to think in terms of a mighty hand stretching down from the heavens sowing genius in the land than it is to believe in the kind of tedious plodding that goes into the cultivation of a creative idea. It’s far preferable to believe in thunderbolts than it is to have to face up to mundane, trivial workaday world. It might come as a disappointment, then, to realize that behind any creative piece of work is a lot earthbound effort.

~ Denise Sherkerjian

The words of our elders, are words of wisdom.

Spiritual Intelligence: Something Inside So Strong

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

This passage brings to light the difference between the natural and the supernatural realms, and it also highlights the possibility of traveling between both realms. The disciples met with the resurrected Jesus, but were unable to recognise Him. Even though their eyes were wide opened, and there were no record of diseases or ailments with their sights by the writer. After three years of working, eating, sleeping, walking, climbing, praying, preaching, and teaching together; on that faithful day, Jesus was only a complete stranger with some deep spiritual insights. They failed to discern the resurrected Jesus Christ!

Friends it takes more than skills, talents and other natural abilities to move into the next phase of our destiny, we need a touch of God! In the spirit of types, shadow, symbols and metaphors; the bread stands for the word of God (spoken or written). The word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit is the catalyst that inspires the opening and knowing of God’s plan for our time and our lives.

Hence the Holy Spirit, bearing witness in their spirits, hence the strange sensation they felt on the inside; something inside so strong. Hence the word had to be broken by Jesus; bringing it down to their level of understanding, so they could truly see and know Him!

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~ Sabali

Spiritual Intelligence: All is Well That Ends Well

All is Well that Ends Well… The title of a play by William Shakespeare.

As the month of January closes in on us, this thought comes to mind.

Anything with a beginning, must have an end. Whenever we start something, a door of endless possibilities is opened. This door opens up opportunities, which buds and blossoms as off shoots of that seemingly simple event. Lives are birth and growth begins.

In one of the oldest texts known to mankind, the writer penned these beautiful words;

And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.

The end of a matter is supremely important. We see countless examples from history of people, projects, ideas, ventures that started well, but sadly didn’t end well. So what does it mean to end well?

Well, that my friends is a matter for individual interpretation. For each person will have to give an account for their time and talents.

So, in the words of Socrates;

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

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~ Sabali

Spiritual Intelligence: People Power

People Power…

At a networking event last night, I noticed a cross cutting theme with all the presenters. They all used the knowledge, skills and experience of their management team to strengthen investors confidence.

This is not new. In biblical times, talent acquisition was partly responsible for the success of great dynasties. They had programmes for identifying, training, educating and sometimes fast-tracking these individuals into key roles within their government.

Hence we saw the rise of Joseph, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and the beautiful and irreproachable Queen Esther. These all came into prominence by divine providence, owing to their unique skills and talents.

Bill Joy (founder of Sun Microsystems) once said,

No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”

Friends with the right people, you will reach heights and dimensions many only dream about.

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~ Sabali