I’m starting a spiritual journey with a group of ‘running partners’ over the next 3 months to go deeper in community and spiritual growth. But before you start running, it helps to know where you are so you can get your bearings and see if you’re headed in the right direction. This week we’ll be diving into our anchor passage, Hebrews 12:1-3:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Consider these questions:
1. Do you feel like you’re in it alone or that you have a few others in your life cheering you on? How do you hope this changes or improves over the next few weeks?
2. What is an area of sin or struggle that gets you tangled up that you need encouragement from your Running Partners to throw off so you experience freedom?
3. What opposition do you run into regularly as you run the race that has been marked out for you? How can your RP’s help you in this area of opposition?
4. How does what Jesus did through his life and death reset your perspective on running the race so you don’t grow weary and lose heart?
As you share these with your spiritual running partners, write down what each person says and commit to pray for them. Look for ways to encourage each other before you meet again (email, text, phone call, lunch).