Living on the front line

Study 3: How do I share my faith?

Faith is not a spectator sport. We learn from the example of others and from the teachings of the bible it’s true, but discipleship involves a lot more than watching (observation) and waiting (reflection).

Faith Share
True discipleship means that we follow God’s will and live by His standards. We’re involved in His mission and we’re committed to His cause. As a result, the attitudes we adopt and the way we live, will be (or should be) markedly different from those values generally adopted by wider society.

In a media rich age, communication takes many forms and all of them have been used, at one time or another, to explain the gospel. How, though, do we take our explanation of Jesus’ love beyond the level of personal example? How might we put our experience of Christ into very simple and straightforward terms that becomes both understandable and attractive to our friends?

Study 2 - How can I grow up?

Rights: we all like to stand our ground or fight our corner for our deepest convictions or for those we love the most. Without that kind of dogged determination, we’d have few of the freedoms we associate with our modern world.

Rights do not stand alone.  If we are to be true citizens, our identity will be determined by the privileges and responsibilities we share, alongside the rights we have fought so fiercely for and (occasionally) so vehemently demand.

Citizenship seems an antiquated concept today when we all live very individual lives. Yet the very heart of citizenship touches on our very identity – who we really are and what makes us tick. It’s a helpful picture when we consider our spiritual development: no longer citizens of this world, our responsibility and privileges reflect our identity in Christ and our call to become the church as we grow and learn together.

Study 1: How can I know God?


Standing on the mountain top and looking around is a great way of seeing where the road ahead might be leading. The thing is, we’ll get nowhere unless we come down from the heights and set off on the road into 2018 and beyond.

We grow more from participation than we do from observation. It isn’t enough, though, just to dip our toes in the spiritual water - perseverance (keeping on) is a means by which we get closer to Christ. Not controlled by our past but learning through experience, we look forward with single minded purpose to where Christ is leading us.