Learn and Discern

Saturday, August 17

8-17By Andrew Bolton, Council of Twelve Apostles

…so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

—Romans 12:5–8

Christianity began as a teaching movement. Church leaders throughout the Asia Mission Field have the opportunity to take part in Ministerial Education and Discipleship Studies (MEADS). Here they can expand their knowledge of Christ’s message.

It is a joy to teach those who are eager to learn: 10 staff members in the Philippines, 15 full-time and volunteer leaders in Sri Lanka; and 50 in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Orissa, India, where there are 144 Community of Christ congregations, MEADS classes include 100 leaders, most of whom are volunteers in their villages. Your contributions to world mission tithes provide resources such as MEADS classes that help make mission real throughout the world. Thank you for responding generously.

Prayer for Peace
God of wisdom, open our minds to the message of Christ. Envelop those who are eager to learn with your discerning spirit. Guide us in ways to share Christ’s peace with the world.

Spiritual Practice: The International Community
Find (or imagine) a globe or map of the world. Look at all the nations and find a country other than your own where you know someone. Notice the geographic distance between your homeland and theirs. Pray for this person. Sense God’s love connecting you just as the oceans connect the continents. Thank God for the connection you have with this person and with all of God’s people around the globe. Ask a blessing on the church as a community sharing Christ’s peace, drawing all into the family of God.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will study and learn and share.

 

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