Inspiring Discipleship

Inspiring Discipleship Articles and Resources

Eager to hear

Eager to hear

A team of at least 10 of us had an opportunity to spend time on a Seventy-two stand at Spring Harvest this year, either in Harrogate or Minehead. As the crowds poured out of the teaching and worship sessions each day, we encountered hundreds of individuals who were...

Thinking Thinking Thinking

Thinking Thinking Thinking

‘Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ’ Paul said. (2 Corinthians 10:5) But I wonder; isn’t it often our thoughts that take us captive? They can have us locked in the secret hideaway of our own minds, where we linger far too long, churning over the...

Discover – Nurture – Action

Discover – Nurture – Action

As a catalyst for mission, Seventy-two is about helping ordinary Christians find their next step in the Mission of God. This often means signposting people to resources, as we have been doing at our two Spring Harvest stands this Easter. There’s one resource we’d...

I took the plunge….

I took the plunge….

Phil reflects on his first day on the Seventy-two stand at Spring Harvest Harrogate: Believe it or not I am quite a shy person. So having negotiated the exhibitors’ arrival bay, set the stand up, and eventually worked out where all the panels went I was faced with the...

Are we nearly there yet?

Are we nearly there yet?

Are we nearly there yet? If you have children, I expect you have heard that phrase more times than you care to remember. To them there is something about arriving that is the only thing that matters. Children can be so impatient, well to be honest can’t we all. For us...

I listened to a raisin

I listened to a raisin

My recent initiation into the global community of those living with ME/CFS has inspired me to see God and those he loves (all humanity) in a fresh new way. I’ve often struggled to empathise (or indeed sympathise!) with people who have hidden illnesses. If it wasn’t...

Practising for Christmas?

Practising for Christmas?

On a personal level, I don't even begin to think about Christmas until December 1st - at the very earliest! In terms of local church we can't afford to wait until then, so I hope all your plans are in the bag and they simply need to be implemented … or maybe that’s...

Today Will Be Different

Today Will Be Different

Today has been handcrafted by the Lord, so we will enjoy it, and augment it with our gladness! This is my slightly flowery paraphrase of Psalm 118:24. I did so originally to rescue it in my mind from the tyranny of the old Sunday school tune, but also to recapture the...

Bread-and-Butter Truth-in-Loving

Bread-and-Butter Truth-in-Loving

In recent years there’s been a growing recognition that if the church isn‘t making disciples, it might as well go home. Church communities need to be places that foster discipleship, and that means seeking to help and resource followers to grow in their love for God,...