Discipleship is a way of life. To be a disciple, is to be somebody who follows a teacher, as Christians, that teacher is Jesus Christ, who, if we belong to him, demands 'our souls, our lives, our all'. To be a disciple is more than following Jesus, but actively living for him, and making his life known to others, that they may come to know him as Saviour and Lord.
At St Columba's, our framework for discipleship comes from a rule of life, in the Diocese of Liverpool, that rule is centred on inputs and outputs. The inputs call us to 'pray, read and learn'. This focus on prayer, the reading of scripture and the learning of the Christian faith sustain us, and deepen our faith in order that we may equipped to be disciples in twenty-first century. This equipping, naturally leads us to be sent into the world to 'tell, serve and give'. The response to God's love propels us to share it with others in word and in deed. We cannot articulate the gospel clearly for others to hear, if we are not steeped in it ourselves.
We as a Church, committed to this task, are engaging in ways to strengthen and deepen our faith in order that we may be disciples who are truly missionary, pointing others to Jesus Christ, so that they may come to know him, love him and serve him. We as parish, long to see a bigger church that makes a bigger difference, with more people knowing Jesus and more justice in the world.
Why not sign up to the rule of life, deepen your faith, and put it into practice? Over 2020, we are celebrating the 'Year of the Word', remembering Saint Jerome's words that 'ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ'. We are currently exploring Matthew's Gospel over Lent, at 7.30 pm on a Tuesday evening (excluding Holy Week).
Watch out for more focussed biblical teaching, as we complete the 'Bible Course' together after Easter and learn the story of our salvation! Dates to be announced!