Apprenticeship with Jesus: Pruning & the Ugly Zone

Week 8: Sunday 1st March 2020
First Sunday of Lent


Theme: Apprenticeship with Jesus: Pruning & the Ugly Zone

Scripture: John 15:1-4, Hebrews 12:4-7, John 7:37-38

“How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me
Psalm 13

Further Reading:
Dallas Willard interview on Spiritual Formation
Drawing Near to God When God Seems Far Away (Lecture)



Learning Circle
When God speaks or nudges us very often the challenge is dwelling on what he says and following through in obedience. The learning circle is a simple visual tool to help disciples discuss and discern together how God may be speaking to us. Imagine the sorts of conversations Jesus would have had with his disciples in the gospels.

Why don’t you grab some people from your MC and use the learning circle to deepen your conversations as you reflect on this Sunday’s message.