Conference Office Staff
“We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3 (NRSV)
When concluding youth meetings, I have often led a simple experiential prayer practice that embodies our evangelistic task. I invite everyone to stand in a circle, cross their arms right over left, and grab the hands of the people on either side. After a time of prayer, we all rotate ourselves 180 degrees in place, ducking under our right arm while still holding hands. The circle remains connected, but we now face outward.
This motion symbolizes our evangelistic work as a community. We gather together as disciples as we seek to become more Christlike and support our fellow disciples. As we part, we remain connected, and we become bearers of Christ’s grace into the world. As we share with others the grace we have received, we invite them to come along and join us in our circle. Echoing the book of First John, we proclaim what we have seen and heard so that others can join our Christ-centered fellowship.
As you go about your day, reflect on how you carry Christ’s grace into your everyday activities and encounters. How will others discover or experience Christ’s grace through your actions? As you do so, reflect also on the ways you remain connected to your Christian community. What does that feeling of support enable you to do that you wouldn’t do otherwise? Finally, consider ways that you can invite new people into your Christian community? How might encountering Christ change such people? How might their experience of Christ change your Christian community?
Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for the fellowship into which you have invited us. Help us to share what we have seen and heard with the people around us. Amen.
February 19th, 2021 – Waco, TX – 9:00-3:30
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