A Life of Discipleship THE CIRCLE OF LEARNING Penge Baptist Church 26th May 2013 Discipleship and time Jesus’ call for us to be disciples How do we learn from daily experiences? Time in the New Testament Chronos – passage of time Kairos – a significant event, opportunity A “Kairos moment” Positive or negative Have an impact on our lives, scope for growth A lifestyle of learning After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,”he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:14-15) The circle Shows us how to live a lifestyle of learning as Jesus’ disciples Shows us how to recognise important events as opportunities for growth Shows us how to process the events A lifestyle of learning Repent Observe Reflect Discuss R E P E N T Believe What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?……In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. (James 2:14, 17-18) Believe B E L I E V E Act Account Plan Observe Reflect Discuss R E P E N T “The Circle” on the Mount Kairos moment: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Observe: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Reflect: Are you not much more valuable than they? Discuss: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? Plan: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Account: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. Act: Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. A mounting debt Kairos moment: a mounting credit card bill. Repent: (O) what I am buying each month? do I need all this stuff? has this been going on long? (R) what does this say about my sense of identity? why do I feel the need to buy this stuff? (D) “hi Joe, I’m feeling that money has a bit of a hold over me – can I get your thoughts?” Believe: (P) need to cancel all but one card and limit myself to £200 per month spend (A) “hey Joe, can you ask me whether I am under my £200 limit every month?” (A) cut up the credit cards! Revising the steps Observe – what happened, how did you react/feel? Reflect – on your observations. Why did you feel the way you did? What does that say about you? Is there a pattern? Discuss – seek the wisdom of others. Do your observations and reflections make sense? Do you discern an opportunity for growth? Plan – figure out a practical way to grow. Account – tell somebody about your plan and ask them to follow up with you on it. Act – do it! Another biblical example The rich young ruler (Matthew 19:1629) Conversation (Kairos) Disciple’s astonishment (Observe and reflect) Who can be saved? (Reflect) We left everything (Discuss) If you leave homes, families (Plan, account, act) Remember the circle! The circle in Scripture reading Looking back: Observe, Reflect, Discuss Observe – What is God saying in His word? This phrase tries to ascertain the facts, without questioning them; we just get as much information as possible. Reflect – What does this teach me about God? What new perspective does it bring on the way I relate to him? What do I have to be thankful for? Why does it make me feel that way? How does God feel about the situation? This phase involves honest, probing questions. Discuss/Engage – Ask God questions about what he wants to teach you. Have I been living in line with this scripture? What might God have to say about my circumstances? Does this truth help me see anything differently? What is there for me to take forward? What do I need to lay down? Being open to the Holy Spirit, processing my reflections. Discuss with other Christians Looking forward: Plan, Account, Act Having looked back at the learning and gained all we can from it, the next stages help us to change and move forward with more purpose. Plan – What does it look like to live in the light of this? What might change? Change doesn’t happen by default, which is why the circle is about being intentional about change. A plan is important for that to take place. Account – Who will hold me accountable or pray for me today? When other people know about our plans, we are much more likely to succeed. Change rarely happens in private. Act – Live it! By this stage, you should be confident to act. Be willing to ‘fail forward’ and take a step of faith.