Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
In this life we are promised persecution and trials. The recurring picture I have had this week is of a tree with it’s many roots going down deep into the ground. When the strong winds come the tree with deep roots stands firm, but the young tree needs something to help it stand – tied to a stake in the ground or it will be ripped out of the ground and fall over and die.
The analogy is of course quite obvious. Our ‘roots’ need to be growing deep into the soil in order to withstand the troubles and trials that come our way. Our ‘roots’ develop through reading the Bible, praying, spending time alone with God, listening to worship music, being part of a life group, participating in corporate worship with the Church body, reading Christian books……and in many more ways.
But what about the young tree tied to the stake……what is the stake? I believe this is a more mature Christian who is prepared to walk with and disciple (teach) the younger Christian in the ways of Jesus. We are all called to go and make disciples – is there someone that you could walk alongside and be their ‘stake’?
With love & blessings,