Stories are the most powerful means to convey truth. That’s why Jesus continually taught in stories (or parables). Movies that are based on ‘true stories’ are often our favorite because the story is real, personal, and moves us emotionally. We all have our own stories, but sometimes we don’t reflect on them very deeply, or take the time to understand what has truly shaped us and created the lenses that we see the world through. We also need to learn and grow in drawing out, and really hearing other people’s stories – especially stories of pain and hurt – like the stories of racism that are rising to the surface and being seen, heard and told in our world today. It’s challenging all of us to learn how to listen, reflect deeply, and walk alongside each other in our stories.
But what gives context and meaning to all our stories, is God’s story, which includes us in it. It’s the one that is written through the pages of Scripture, inviting us in to continue to write with our lives today. It’s a comprehensive story of reconciliation and hope, found in Jesus Christ as the center and foundation. Jesus gives purpose, power, and maturity to the church, his body, in order that we might together live out a better story (Ephesians 1:22-23).
Are you feeling a little stuck or confused by this whole discipleship thing? That’s understandable, especially in this strange Covid season we’re all in. My dream is that each one of you would be a growing disciple transformed by the love of Jesus. I am so passionate about this that I am preparing a series of short videos with the intent to encourage, inspire and build up. The first one is below, and the others will follow about every few weeks. In each segment, I’ll share one thing that God is teaching me about the discipleship journey.
Maybe, like me, you’re longing for more. Jesus invites us to follow Him on a greater adventure than we often experience. I invite you to discover and live out your own remarkable story in the context of God’s great story. I hope you join with me in this exciting and life-changing journey.
Bruce Enns | Lead Pastor
Forest Grove Community Church