CONNECT day 4: Disciple with Hope

photo by Kelly Crull

photo by Kelly Crull

Our new President-elect, Rob Fairbanks started this morning’s session off by asking the question: “What do you hope for Christian Associates?” Many thoughts were given but Rob’s was the one that stood out to me the most: “For Christian Associates to transition from an organization to a movement.” Amen to that. Rob’s words reminded me of a quote from Saul Alinsky “Change means movement. Movement means friction.” It won’t be simple and it won’t happen overnight, but a lot of us have hope in what CA can be in the future.

We read Hebrews 10 and were encouraged to “seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgment of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.” Unwavering faith. Hope that we can confess and acknowledge. This is so encouraging for me especially when I think about ministry and raising up young leaders.

Rob gave us some great insight into disciple-making. Speaking belief and hope in others and looking for people that will do the same for you. Warning us of the danger of being a Christian without a community. Independence is lonely but community protects us. Spur one another on…and realize that we can influence others with our words as well as our actions. A verse that I memorized last year is Ephesians 4:29- “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” As a person that lacks tact, I find myself needing to recite this in my mind before I say anything I’ll probably regret later. =)

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