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In the Fall of 2018, Mercer UMC Growth Groups read Tell Someone by Greg Laurie, which describes the way to share faith in Jesus Christ.  The book was brief, concise, and readable.

But many people I’ve spoken to and many of our growth group leaders described a painful problem: Few people shared their testimony (our story of how we became a Christian).  Even fewer attempted to talk about Jesus with someone who wasn’t a Christian yet.

So why did this happen.  Why didn’t we Tell Someone?  Three prominent reasons arose:

1. “I don’t know anyone who isn’t a Christian” (which is tough to believe, as the percentage of non-Christians continues to rise in the United States).

2. “I didn’t know what to say” (and that’s after reading a book and hearing sermons in how to share our faith).

3. “I was scared.”

Besides ambivalence, I would suggest that fear drove many of us to not Tell Someone.  It’s hard to have courage when we don’t have the internal drive to share our faith.

And so, with that in mind, we will be looking at Richard Foster’s classic Celebration of Discipline.  A classic on the Christian Disciplines, with over 2 million copies sold since 1978.  The Christian disciplines are as follows: Christian meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.  They are called disciplines because, like the name suggests, they require discipline.  Growth as Christians requires discipline.

There are no short cuts for Christians desiring to grow in their faith. Part of growing in faith includes sharing faith.  And so, to quote the November 2018 Newsletter: “If you’re tired of the “self-help” short cuts that seem to be dead ends, like I am, then commit to more.  If you want depth, then commit to making it to church, join a Growth Group, and serve in a Ministry Team.”

Because of Jesus

Pastor Brian