Scroll down to SIGN UP for a Follow Me discussion group – the Follow Me sermon series begins on the first Sunday of Lent – February 21.
Never before had they known such hope.
They lived in a world ruled by violence and oppression, yet this man spoke of peace and freedom. Into shattered lives he brought compassion and healing and the deepest joy. To people who felt like outcasts and aliens, he showed the way home. And then, in one devastating night, all their hopes collapsed.
The first disciples of Jesus were ordinary men and women struggling to reorient their way in the world after meeting Jesus. They were uncertain, doubting and fearful of this new way to understand God. Jesus changed everything.
Through the eyes of 5 of these first disciples we will journey through Lent together examining how we too struggle with the meaning and message of Jesus. Not only will these figures visit us in worship, but we are asking you to sign up for a small-group discussion on the reality of their lives, and what they have to teach us about following Jesus – not just 2000 years ago, but today. What might we have to teach each other?
Each group will commit to meeting five times between February 17 and Easter. You are encouraged to gather a group of church friends or acquaintances, and use the provided materials. Or you can sign up, and let us know when you are free, and we will try to match you with others with similar availability.
This series, compiled and written by the Rev. Bob Brown, is designed to help us engage one another in conversation about the humanity of the first disciples. Hopefully it will help us discover how, even today, we can identify with the frailty, courage, doubt, faith, and hope of these early followers, remembering that faith and discipleship are born, primarily, from a place of awe, from a place of encounter. It is about listening deeply as much as it is speaking, as much about perceiving as it is accomplishing.
Discipleship is as much about being found as it is about seeking.
So enjoy this journey in a free-form discussion. Find a way into the stories of these early followers. May you seek what you need, and in so doing, be found. Not simply by Jesus. But also, perhaps, by yourself.
CLICK on the graphic of your choice (there is a “Young Adult” option – on the right below) to connect to the sign up form which invites you to select time/day preferences.