#WhatILearned@NEXT

 

“I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, and I haven’t even considered half the stuff you guys are talking about… and I’m a pastor for goodness sake!”

One of the most important things we do at the end of NEXT is to summarise our year – everything we have explored and discovered together –  by clarifying four things:

  1. Creed: What do we stand for?
  2. Conflict: What do we stand against?
  3. Confession: How have we contributed to the brokenness of our world?
  4. Customs: How do we practice the true, the good and the beautiful things of God?

 

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These all come together into what we call a pledge – a commitment we make to one another to live in a way that embodies these convictions.

I am always stunned by what emerges – and evidently, so was a pastor who attended our final service (well, it was a bit more like a rite of passage) where he witnessed this pledge.

This year’s NEXTers crammed a magical year of faith, fun and friendship into 43 power-packed statements and 1181 words.  We’ll be letting you in on some of them over the next little while.

 

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As you enter the season of longing for the Christ child, you may want to ponder these questions:

  • What have you discovered this year?
  • What convictions anchor your life?
  • Who helps you live out these convictions?

If you find it hard to answer these questions … maybe you should  join us in 2017.

Discover more about NEXT here.

 
 

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