Is your Bible too tame?
Planning an EQUIP19 Debrief
Have you ever heard a lion roar… in the wild?
I have… and it’s not something I’ll easily forget. I was in a minibus with a group of Moore College students, enjoying a do-it-yourself-safari at Pilanesburg National Park. We’d stopped to try and photograph a lion. No mean feat in the long plains grass! We could just glimpse the ears of a trio of lionesses. Some of us were leaning out of open windows, eagerly trying to get a better shot
Sing with us at EQUIP19 [Updated. WATCH the video!]
Well, now it’s ‘after’ EQUIP … what plans do you have for ‘initiating’ women’s discipleship based on EQUIP?
Idea 1: Swap notes (121 or small group)
Arrange a meet up with a friend to re-read chapters 12-14 and compare notes. Or if your friend couldn’t make it to EQUIP19, share what you learnt. Then pray together about any ways that these chapters have re-ordered your thinking and life. You can upscale this idea from one friend to a few women easily.
Preparing for learning from God's word at EQUIP19
Singing trains us for heaven… Christian singing is not about being a gifted singer; some of us are tone-deaf, while some of us can harmonise spontaneously. As we sing with ‘one voice’, it’s a concrete and profound expression of the heavenly reality. We gather because we are deeply connected; baptised by one Spirit into one body, Christ’s body; as dependent on one another as the organs of our physical bodies.
Men + Women championing women's discipleship together
This year at EQUIP we’re up to 1 Corinthians 12-14, which is many people’s go-to text on spiritual gifts. In a culture that worships self-expression and celebrates talent, the topic of spiritual gifts is tantalizing. But as we read the Bible carefully, surprising ideas emerge, like my gift is not for me, and sometimes it’s best not to use my gift!
Events as a catalyst for discipleship
To all our male pastors who champion women’s discipleship. Thank-you!
Most churches have key women who do a wonderful job leading womens’ discipleship. They are passionate about teaching women the Word and growing together in faith. They lead the women’s Bible study groups year after year, organise some women’s events, and take a group into conferences like EQUIP. What a blessing they are.
But what it really helps when the male pastors help champion women’s discipleship too.
Now’s the time to think about EQUIP19. How can it inject fresh thinking into your weekly women’s discipleship at church?
It’s common to treat Christian conferences as “one hit wonders”. We enjoy the buzz of great teaching in the company of a huge crowd of believers. But the real test of a Christian conference is how it builds up the everyday local church ministry. A month after the event, what are the ripple effects on your local ministry?