Every adult needs other people
Using and building relationships is an essential part of all faith forming experiences:
- Adults have the same attachment needs as children
- This is a biological need for love and companionship.
- This need does not decrease in life
- To be healthy we need to be attached, emotionally expressive, and open to support from others.
- The non-dependent, detached, "strong" personality is a myth.
There is much to learn from Jesus' focus on just twelve people. This same call comes to us so that we too journey with Jesus in learning to make disciples:
- Jesus' primary call is to repent and follow him - which includes both invitation and challenge.
- Following Jesus leads to a deeper relationship with God, within the Christian community, and to all people.
- We need to learn the rhythm of rest and work for daily, weekly, and annually and that it centers on "work from our rest" rather than rest from our work.
- Jesus discipled by being directive to coaching to bulding consensus to delegating.
- Ephesians 4 lifts up fivefold ministries to which all are called.
- Praying was an essential part of Jesus' life, modeling and teaching.
- Spiritual life is an integrated, ongoing, living being.
- Discipleship leads us to connect richly, deeply and intentionally with all people.