Church is a good place to learn about faith. There is teaching, there is the chance to explore truth through good fellowship with others who have come to love God and have an enthusiasm for faith. Hearing things said in different ways enables connections to be made and folk from all kinds of backgrounds to learn, and have what they have already discovered reinforced.
But, that is only one kind of learning. It’s an excellent place to start. But we are a people who need to be SENT, just like the disciples were, because that is where the learning continues.
We learn God in the familiarity of the surroundings we have got used to. We are then sent into surroundings where we are less familiar, and where we discover what God has taught us, we discover what his faithfulness means, we practise what we have learned, in someone else’s space and world.
Alan Hirsch, talking at a conference I attended a couple of years ago, reckoned to learn and grow you had to be in an environment where only 25% was familiar. In other words like being on a mission field. Other people’s cultures, practices, norms, beliefs, ways of life – we can find these across the street sometimes! We don’t need to go abroad. But we do need to be prepared to be sent into that environment. To knock, or accept an invitation.
Will you let God come with you as you venture out into this kind of unknown?
The purpose teaching is to equip. The purpose of equipping is to be prepared for adventures.
Step out in faith. You know you are called to.