Christian discipleship is deepening intimacy and growing in maturity in our relationship to Jesus Christ. However, we often think of discipleship solely in one direction: how we relate to God through Christ. But there is an important element to deepening our relationship with Christ that involves a maturing understanding of how Christ relates to us in our sin and suffering. Grasping Christ’s heart for us is the work we are hoping to do together in our 2022 discipleship initiative we are calling ‘The Heart of Christ.’ This year, as one body, we want to read slowly through Dane Ortlund’s book “Gentle and Lowly” with the hope that we will come to better know and believe that Jesus is a Savior whose heart is drawn out toward us as sinners and sufferers in the very places of our deepest struggle. Knowing that our sins and suffering evoke Christ’s compassion and pity and knowing that he is on our side with us against our sin, can provide powerfully for us in our struggle with sin. Then, as we come to know this heart of Christ, we are more and more able to go and find rest in him.
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