discipleship

What We Believe AND WHY?

Over the past few months the conversation within my discipleship group has centered around this phrase: “What we believe and why?” We have taken some of the important questions of our faith and discussed them, studied them, and hashed-out hard questions in order to get to the point where we know what we believe and why.

First, we took several weeks to look at the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. These are important summaries of the basic Christian faith that span most Christian denominations, including Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox. In addition, being some of the oldest confessions, these declarations are important building blocks for other doctrines we were to study afterwards.

Next, we spent weeks moving from topic to topic. We began with the hard-to-grasp doctrine of the Trinity. Then, we discussed the polemic doctrine of Election/Predestination. The last study we did was about Spiritual Gifts – what they are, their use and controversy surrounding them.

Each person took personal responsibility to find sources, Bible passages, commentaries and articles and bring his own findings to the group. We met together to discuss what each person had come up with. The idea has not been to determine a final stance to sit upon, but to have good Biblical reasons for what we may say we believe, but not always understand why or the history of it.

We will continue on this pace until the end of the year. If you have any suggestions, send them on so we can live in light of Psalm 119:105 – “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

Tathiana's Reflections: Nov 2012

ABOVE: Audrey, Tathiana and Rafaela. BELOW: Dora, Tathiana, George and DuncanDiscipleship Group

I’ve been meeting with these girls, Audrey and Rafaela, for two years and I say that it is a privilege to see them growing in their vision to serve others and in their relationship with God.

We are in the middle of a Bible study of Romans and learning that we Christians have an enormous capacity to settle for just doing the “right things”. Sometimes we forget that we are sinners in need of grace daily and not to look at fulfilling the law.

Church Children's Ministry

One of the things that has brought me so much joy this year has been teaching 3 children at our church. Dora, George and Duncan, all between 10 and 12, are children of families who attend our church.

We have spent 6 months studying about different heroes in the Bible and I have seen such change in their hearts and outlook over this period. It is so encouraging to see vulnerability and repentance in these little guys who have such little life experience. I admit that I like the comic relief they provide, and even mediating their in and out of classroom conflicts.

Discipleship Getaway

For the Easter Weekend Tathiana and I took a long weekend trip with our discipleship groups and some others that we have led in the past on a getaway to have some time together and to study some foundational truths about the gospel. 

The weekend went well. It was a time of hanging out and Bible study about our FORGIVENESS, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE and CONTINUOS TRANSFORMATION through the gospel of God's grace in Christ. We always try to find quality time like this as we seek to establish these young Christians and equip the older ones to know how to lead others in their relationship with Christ.

Please pray that each of us will be motivated by these 4 truths to help others who need the same forgiveness, love, acceptance and transformation!

PICTURE:
FRONT ROW: Jon & Tathiana
SECOND ROW: Pedro, Priscila (on staff with COBH and Pedro's lady!), Fabiana (on staff with COBH and Tathiana's sister), Hany (led by Fabiana), Audrey, Débora and Alexandre (Débora's boyfriend)
THIRD ROW: Ana Luiza, Diego, and Aloisio Guy
RAILING: Rafaela and Nathália (new intern with COBH)