The Roots - Below the Surface
The Roots symbolize the below the surface aspect of our discipleship: the parts that most people don’t see. This is where our spirituality is developed; it’s the inward life – the ‘being’.
Our discipleship deepens as we build strong and solid spiritual friendships. These are friends who will support us, challenge us and encourage us on our journey of discipleship. A true spiritual friend will actively help us pay attention to God in all aspects of our life.
‘And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’ Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
The Apostle Paul writes...
‘I want to see you so I can share some special gift of the Holy Spirit with you. It will make you strong. Both of us need help. I can help make your faith strong and you can do the same for me. We need each other.’ Romans 1:11-12 (NLV)
We were not created to be alone.We were designed for community. Jesus chose to do life with twelve disciples. If we want to be healthy, growing disciples then we need to establish a number of deep spiritual friendships, taking the advice of James when he writes...
‘Make this your common practise: confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.’ James 5:16 (MSG).
Deep spiritual friendships are intentional friendships and can be developed in a variety of ways at Coast Community Church, including Connect Groups, Ministry Groups, Triplets and Spiritual Retreats. As we foster and develop these friendships, the aroma of these relationships will be attractive to those around us. Our example of spiritual friendships in action gives witness of Jesus’ love to our unbelieving family and friends.
‘Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.’ Acts 2: 46-47 (NIV)