Imagine it’s a beautiful summer day—hot and sticky, yes. But you wouldn’t deny its beauty—and you have been hiking uphill for several miles. You happen upon a deep, rushing stream. Truthfully, you’ve gone to this spot numerous times just to watch the mesmerizing stream, and your curiosity has grown ever since that old man told you that if you just get in the stream, it’ll take you to a place that’ll you’ll be glad you went. He had warned that the journey downstream wouldn’t be easy, but it would be worth it. You’ve come to the point where you are considering getting in, but honestly, you are content in just watching.
The Stream of Discipleship
“Get in the stream” is an analogy that you may have heard around Mercy Hill, as we do occasionally mention it. There is so much meaning housed in that phrase that I want to open the door and show you around. What we are referring to is the stream of discipleship. You see, at Mercy Hill we focus on two general things: The proclamation of the gospel and the equipping of those who hear the gospel to live it out. You may have been coming to church every week for two years to hear the sermon and to worship through singing, but concerning the stream, you are simply just watching it go by. Maybe you are dipping your toe in to see what it is like, but it is not where true life-change takes place. That happens in discipleship, and discipleship at Mercy Hill is a culture that is caught by getting into the stream and letting it carry you to a Community Group, serving opportunities, committed membership, and a pattern of generous living. This stream is headed toward its destination Christ-likeness and if you have not jumped in, then you are missing out on a majority of the important things that Mercy Hill offers.
This may then bring up the question, “Well, how do I get in the stream of discipleship?” The answer is easy. The Weekender is the place to get started on your journey downstream. It’s for any of those who 1. have never been to one and 2. are tired of just sticking their toe in the water and want to get involved at Mercy Hill in a meaningful way. It’s for those who understand that there is much more to the Christian life than what happens for 70 minutes on a Sunday (i.e. the worship gathering).
Our next Weekender is being held March 17-19.
On Friday from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, we will serve you dinner, and our pastors will tell you the story of our church, the core values of Mercy Hill, and what defines our church theologically. Someone from Mercy Hill’s staff team will be assigned to your table to meet you and answer any questions you might have.
On Saturday from 9:00am – 11:30am, we will serve you breakfast, and our pastors will present an explanation of what the different facets of discipleship looks like at Mercy Hill.
On Sunday, at a service of your choice, you will be assigned to shadow a serve team for a service to get a glimpse of what being in the stream looks like.
The journey may be difficult along the way, but we believe that it is the stream that takes you along in your path to becoming a committed disciple of Jesus Christ.
Sign up for the Weekender here: www.mercyhillgso.com/weekender
-Alex Nolette (Equip Associate)