Last week we had a men’s breakfast in church. We discussed what we find helpful in our spiritual lives.
We examined how Samson failed to fulfil the potential from God’s Spirit. Sexual sin, violent anger and racial prejudice were his downfall.
In discussion, people made the following points:
- · For some having two or three close friends helps to feel supported.
- · A prayer partnership, of absolute honesty and confidentiality, can be a lifeline.
- · Some do not want ‘support’, preferring to work out things by themselves.
- · Some find it easier to relate to God on their own, for example going fishing instead of a church service.
- · The sense of ‘team’ may be helpful to work together on something.
- · Vision, purpose, an aim or goal, is what others want. Christianity feels boring. When they became Christians, they wanted to make a difference.
- · For some, corporate worship feels ‘feminised’. What would masculine worship be like?
- · Do we ever fulfil our ‘potential’? We should not try in the flesh, but rely on the Spirit, and avoid condemnation.
What is clear from these responses is that the answers are different for each person. But equally apparent is the need to explore how we can go forward.