May 10 – Intentional Faith Development with Nancy Ward

Acts 16:4-5

Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.

Hi, I’m Nancy Ward, a member of Lake Deaton United Methodist Church’s Discipleship committee, here to share with you my thoughts on Intentional Faith Development.

Intentional Faith Development calls on us as Christians to learn God’s word, grow in our faith and share and explore that faith with others. Jesus Christ calls us to reflect his love for us out to the world.

We can study and learn about the Bible and God’s word on our own, but doing so in community keeps us accountable to that faith development. At Lake Deaton, we have many opportunities to fellowship with others including small groups, Grow Nights, Sunday School, Bible Studies and more. Even during COVID we have met on Zoom, talked on the phone and found ways to connect and weather our “storms” together in faith. When we’re studying with people who come to the table with different experiences, we learn to strengthen our love for God in ways we never imagined.

As a member of Lake Deaton for 6 years, I’m always amazed at the faith development activities which are available to us. I’ve learned from wonderful teachers and insightful group members. This has changed my faith life. It’s my hope that you will take part in some of these opportunities which have helped me in my walk with Christ

Each person’s faith grows differently but I’ll tell you about my faith journey in the video.

Discussion questions:

  1. Who has helped you in developing your knowledge of the Bible? What have churches you’ve attended before coming to Lake Deaton done to help you become a more faithful Christian?
  2. How could you help share your faith with others?

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