"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Relational & Cognitive Faith

The ROCC small groups start back next week with a fall series on 1st and 2nd Peter.  Today I attended an introductory session on this study and really can't wait for us to begin.  Peter's Epistles provide several key themes that are challenging to live out and often more challenging to comprehend. Therefore, our objective will be to work on the application with even greater emphasis on the comprehension.  In fact, if the study of John touched heavily on the relational side of our faith (a heart matter) then Peter will allow us to deepen the cognitive side (a head matter).  

1 Peter 3:15 tells us to always be prepared to defend our hope in God....to give an answer. Aside from personal testimony, which is extremely important, the best way to stay prepared is to know His Word.  To "be transformed through the renewing of your mind" (Romans 12:2), and to "love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind" (Matthew 22:37). I believe that God intends for us to hunger for His truths and to search intensely for meaning in the scripture. Just as we saw in Paul's ability to translate knowledge into reaching others, this fall we will attempt to do the same. 

The natural analogy for me is to consider a runner that only laces up the shoes for race day.  He/she has no interest in training, nutrition or studying the finer points of running which enables one to improve. The performance will suffer and the interest will eventually fade.  Injuries will occur and in no way will this runner offer any credible advice on the sport. Likewise, our small group only continues to mature and make an impact on our world when we take an interest in the training.  When we fuel up on the Word and prepare one another to offer insight to others.

So, small group members, get ready.  We will continue to build upon the community that our shared journey has developed over the past year and we will look for new ways to serve.  Together I pray that we find a greater desire to read God's Word and find joy through understanding these passages. 

For everyone else, follow along and join in!  This blog site will become an archive for weekly study summaries, discussion topics and general thoughts.  We would love to hear your comments. 

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