A ONE DAY LEARNING EXPERIENCE IN LEADING PEOPLE TO CHRIST
LISTENING TO THE TRAVELLERS THROUGH LIFE
In 1886, Anton Chekov’s short story, Easter Eve was published in the St. Petersburg daily newspaper, Novoye Vremya. The central character in this story is a monk called Leronym a Ferryman who carries passengers across the Gotva River. He would engage in conversation with his passengers and on this evening he shares his story with a man crossing the river on Easter Eve to visit the Church on the other bank.
Leronym shares his story about his closest friend, monk Nikola who died recently. Nikola was a genius and produced a catalogue of stunning Akathist hymns. The problem was that no one other than Leronym ever knew of their existence.
The short story ends with this melancholy note that whilst the world was coming and going from social events like Easter Eve at the Church, great ideas, great concepts and beautiful works remain unknown.
The Ferryman’s Bell is designed to empower and train Christians committed to listen to travellers as they cross the rivers of life and engage with their ideas.
The Ferryman's Anchor is one of the most important pieces of equipment on the ship.
It represents being rooted, being unmovable holding the ship steady when storms and tempests come.
In working with people who are non Christians the ANCHOR in our experience is the scripture, the Word of God.
In this session we talk about the key beliefs we hold and why we hold them based upon the Bible.
This acts as a foundation for all that comes afterwards.
To really know and be rooted in the Bible is an act of love for those people we are seeking to reach.
The Ferryman's Compass is based upon the concept that the Gospel both creates direction and follows direction.
Increasingly, Christians are sharing they are not sure about where "They" are going let alone their unbelieving friends.
This session deals with really core issues that relate to the direction of our lives and how to share that direction with our non Christian friends.
The Ferryman's Wheel is a metaphor for taking the direction given by the compass and actually steering the ship in the right direction. This involves developing a Spirituality which allows the message of the Gospel to travel along in dealing with those we seek to win and influence.
1. Spiritual Purity in heart and mind.
2. Spiritual Reality in daily disciplines and practices.
3. Confronting spiritual darkness in peoples lives.
4. The Gospel as a means of deep spiritual healing.
Without the wind the ship remains motionless. Without the wind of the Holy Spirit our Christian lives become meetings, habits and lists of do's and dont's.
Being sensitive to how the Holy Spirit leads is central to our lives.
Learning to develop the Fruit of the Spirit becomes the go of existence.