The event revealed a deep need for women to connect for fellowship, relationship, and spiritual encouragement.The event revealed a deep need for women to connect for fellowship, relationship, and spiritual encouragement.
Disciples are not people who never doubt. They doubt and worship. They doubt and serve. They doubt and help each other with their doubts. To be a community where everybody can be open about their faith and open about their doubts … what a great gift!
"In truth, all along the way, I've been gospeling my neighbors. When I get to sharing the story, I get to show how all along the way we’ve been sharing the good news of the kingdom by living like Jesus lived. And I've earned the right and the trust to speak it over them. We have received each other really."
Sometimes the truth that we are children of God is overshadowed by our experiences, past relationships and the beliefs we develop throughout life. It is important that we spend time exploring whether our identity beliefs are true.
One of the hallmarks of a Westside student missions trip is that students don’t just show up and hang out but they have an opportunity to lead. This leadership opportunity led several students to explore how they can use their S.H.A.P.E. to impact others. Some students also expressed a desire to pursue further education and vocational options in international missions.
I'm in it for the long haul with Jesus on this. I'm going to live free of shame, but I know it won't happen over night. I'm practicing new ways of thinking and new ways of resting in the gospel, it's yielding different behavior. But like with all new habits it's going to take awhile of that to become the new normal.
“Maybe you’ve heard the quote that ‘it only takes a small hinge to open a big door,’” Tener said. “For me, The Small Hinge really represents the daily, small things we do both in life and in obedience to Christ…that’s what’s really big in the end.”
Remember when you went to prom? Maybe you were the dashing debonair, asking your high school sweetheart to join you for a special evening. Or maybe you were the lovely debutante, being whisked away by your prince charming.