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.
Read and Discuss: Take home a copy of “Gentle and Lowly” from the narthex and download a copy of the reading schedule and study questions. Use this schedule and study questions for your individual reading, with your triad, or another small group.
Monthly Sunday Night Services: On the 1st Sunday of the month (February-November), at 6:30pm, we will gather for a time of singing, prayer, and testimony. This is an opportunity to corporately reflect on the heart of Christ and hear from one another as God’s Spirit shapes our hearts throughout the year.
Podcast Reflections: As we read through Gentle and Lowly, we will post an episode for each chapter of the book. Episodes may include further study of topics, biographical information on some of the writers often quoted in the book, or interviews with fellow Wheatland members. The podcast will be posted below and on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.