Fellowship groups … bible study groups … house groups … Sunday school … groups with one thing at their core: a desire to grow. To grow … to change … and to journey with others. Others who will be as vulnerable and as strong as each. Others who will allow. Others who will hear. Others who want to journey.
I have such a group.
I have found myself verbalising with clarity thoughts that were only a confusion before. I have listened to words I have never heard in church or church groups. But more than that – I know that when I speak I am being heard by more than just those I see. For they are hearing their inner voices as they hear my words. “Inner voices” are part of the conversation. And as I hear my own inner voice – so their inner voices will resonate with mine – just as mine will with theirs when they speak.
If you have never experienced it, you need a group that has. Once experienced, it is hard to live without. Once experienced something changes for ever.
And THAT is why these “groups” (at least for me). That, for me, is the difference between socialising, fellowship, and discipling. Discipling (for me) is when “ego isn’t” because “inner voices are”. A connection of God … love … inner voice … GSHJ … whatever your name and relationship for your inner voice … it is real.
Our group lives in different continents. Physically we have never met. But my – your – “inner voice” is not bound by geography. Spiritual connection is not geographic. We use Skype, a screen, a camera, a microphone, and a headset or speakers (group skype works on computers or laptops – smart phones and tablets, no)
Why this post?
I keep meeting those who struggle, as I do, with “organised religion”. Those who seek to hear the inner voices of others. Who seek to connect. For in that place is power. That place is the power of love. That is the place of love. That is the place of change. And that, for me, is discipling: not change as I imagine or expect change – but change as I cannot imagine and never expect.
And I want to invite you to experience that for yourself.
And you are already connected – you are reading these words and we are reading yours. And you already have a screen (and you may already have a microphone, camera, headset/speakers, as well as skype). If you haven’t – skype is free – and the rest is not expensive – ask any teenager. 🙂
But “the kit” is functional. The kit is “stuff” – the kit is not it. Connecting with “inner voices” is it – and you already have yours!
So all you need to do is listen to your own inner voice. Because yours is no different to mine. Mine seeks connection. Mine seeks “disciples”. And yours seeks the same. I know because I have heard inner voices in others connect with the inner voice in me (and if you don’t know what I mean – ask. Please – please – ask).
If you have already such a group: spread the word.
If you want a group like this – say so wherever and however you feel guided (and then “listen” because your inner voice will speak).
And if you are scared of “cameras” and being on screen – so are a lot of others (you are not alone).
And if the thought of this makes you nervous – well done.
Connecting has risks – so be picky – be a disciple. It is a walk of faith. It is journeying in a place not of geography and not of physical spaces. It is connecting without distance.
Or why not reblog this post and just tell others you want a group like this. Or ask others to reblog your reblog and to also say they want this. Why not all of us get “disorganised discipling” through just connecting with others who want the same.
And the very best bit of all … ?
We are ALL already connected (if we allow).
Feel free to chat – to disagree – to ask – to tell … that is what disciples do! 🙂