As we lead Bible studies, we need to carve out time for our own faith practices. Faith is a lifelong process of learning, shaping, and reshaping our understandings. Paul urges us to “work out your own salvation, with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12). We can work out our salvation with tools like prayer beads, meditation, a morning walk, or some other form of prayer. If we really are working out our salvation, fear and trembling will be involved. But we’ll find comfort and a transcendent peace in God. We can enter boldly into the spaces of fear and trembling, working out our salvation as we go. Even though we haven’t arrived at some final destination of faith, we can still lead. In fact, it may be a great relief for members of our small groups for leaders to acknowledge that we have not yet arrived either.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
Which faith practices help you step forward courageously in moments of “fear and trembling”? Join the conversation.
Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
—Philippians 2:12-13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
You have given me life.
You have filled me with your Spirit.
I am your child, not a slave to fear.
I am your child; light my path and guide my steps.
I am your child; hold me.
Hold me tight.
(Adapted from Romans 8.)
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