GROWING IN FAITH
In the New Testament gospels, Jesus uses images drawn from agriculture to describe the life of faith. People who wish to grow spiritually must cultivate their faith like seeds planted in soil. Spiritual growth takes time, care, and patience.
This cultivation cannot happen in a vacuum, though!
Pastor Lillian Daniel writes:
“There is nothing challenging about having deep thoughts all by oneself. What is interesting is doing this work [of spiritual growth] in community, where other people might call you on stuff, or heaven forbid, disagree with you. Where life with God gets rich and provocative is when you dig deeply into a tradition that you did not invent all for yourself.”
Weekly Bible Study
Our weekly Bible study, at 11 AM on Wednesdays, aims to build community, pray for our joys and sorrows, and hear together the lessons for the coming Sunday. The focus is less on knowing “about” scripture, and more upon what God is saying to us and to our community through the scriptures. We often continue our conversations over lunch at a nearby restaurant in Decatur! Because of our meeting time, this group is our unofficial senior ministry at Messiah, but we have had teenagers join us during their school holiday, and our group is intent on welcoming everyone of any age. Y’all come and join us!
Before the first followers of Jesus were known as Christians, they were called “People of The WAY.” Then, and now, The WAY refers to a style of life in which both believing and living are centered in Jesus Christ.
At Messiah, The WAY is an opportunity for your faith to be explored, nurtured, and renewed, your commitment to Jesus Christ affirmed, and your walk as a disciple of Christ to be established or re-established in the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism or the Affirmation of Baptism.
Seasons of The WAY
Weekly meetings begin in October and end with a beautiful Advent Celebration in early December. The autumn meetings explore topics of interest such as scripture, worship, prayer, and sacraments.
Sunday evening meetings resume in early January. In both small and large group conversations, participants continue to explore the presence of God in the world and in daily life.
Throughout the weeks of Lent, participants “dig deeper” into the Biblical stories that prepare for Baptism and Affirmation of Baptism at the Vigil of Easter.
After Easter, The WAY looks toward the practice of living the Christian life as we explore faithful responses to care for the earth, for humankind, relationships and daily work.
We invite you to join The WAY
Please email Pastor Nathan if you have any additional questions about The WAY and membership at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah.