I’ve been preparing some talks for a short course called Growing Spiritually. It’s designed to be quite intentional in giving Christians the habits and tools they need for a life-time of Christian maturity.
Let me expand that.
We are going to look at reading the Bible, praying, giving and fellowship – four essential areas for any Christian. But we’re not just going to talk about them and say how important they are.
We’re also going to give people massive amounts of practical help every step of the way: a simple way to read the Bible, how to read the NT in a month, how to read the whole bible in a year. Six different kinds of prayer lists, how the Lord’s Prayer gives us a good structure for our praying, how to spend 15 minutes with God, how to memorise a bible verse, how to take part in a group bible study. And loads more.
We’ll have tools for them to look at and buy, too: Study Bibles, Bible reading notes, the works.
Very little of this is original, but I am increasingly convinced that a lot of people need some very low-level, practical help. And my duty, as Spurgeon put it, is to feed the Lord’s sheep, not the Lord’s giraffes.
It’s one of a short, designed sequence of such sessions: church membership, and finding a place to serve being the other two that already exist, evangelism training and very basic ministry training being the other two that will come on stream (the last will open the door to a whole range of other courses, given time and God allowing us).
Because sometimes people need to be told exactly how to do something, as if they’ve never had the privileges you’ve had. Because they probably never have.
Have you ever run anything that basic and practical? How did it go, and what would help me do it better? Pile in!