Entering the Circle

by Michael Sove

“My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”  John 17:20-21 (my emphasis)

The will of the Trinity is that we should be invited into the fellowship of the Trinity.  What a beautiful picture to have as you gather with your cell group.  Many times we talk about recognizing Christ in our midst, but what about recognizing us in “Their Midst?” The Father Son and Holy Spirit.

Dallas Willard writes these words:

“God’s aim in human history is an inclusive community of loving persons with Himself included as it’s primary sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.”  Dallas Willard

As I gather with my cell I’m always trying to heighten our awareness of whose presence we’re in.  I do this in a number of ways…

  • Begin with prayer addressing the members of the Trinity, acknowledging their presence, inviting their work in us and through us.
  • By spending quality time in worship, praying and singing and expressing love directly to God.
  • Allowing time for listening and responding, asking people if they heard anything from God that they would like to share.
  • By not responding quickly to a need but by pausing and asking God for direction for ministry.

As we enter the circle of the fellowship of the Trinity, lives are transformed, bodies are healed, marriages restored and dreams are realized.  Come to the cell gathering looking for God’s movement in your midst and you won’t be disappointed.

What practical ideas would you add to my list to heighten awareness of the presence of God as you gather with your cell?

Michael


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