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An Invitation to Pray – The Lord of the Harvest

An Invitation to Pray – The Lord of the Harvest

Yesterday we finished our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our seventh session entitled “An Invitation to Pray – The Lord of the Harvest”. Our series this term has essentially focused on what it means to ‘make our lives count’ through the lens of what it means to ‘follow Jesus’ and to ‘labour in God’s harvest-field’ which we defined as being those we live, work and study with. We thought about Jesus’ call to go and make disciples and finally about how our intrinsic worth should motivate our…

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An Invitation to Serve – The Worth of the Individual

An Invitation to Serve – The Worth of the Individual

Yesterday we continued our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our sixth session entitled “An Invitation to Serve – The worth of the Individual”. As we continue to consider the vision on God’s heart for our lives we now turn to the intrinsic ‘worth of the individual’ and how that truth could and should, inspire, motivate and fuel our service with the people living, working and studying around us. To this end we consider nine key lessons about our intrinsic worth, the kind of people God…

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An Invitation to “Go” – A vision to give our lives to

An Invitation to “Go” – A vision to give our lives to

Yesterday we continued our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our fifth session entitled “An Invitation to Go – A Vision to give our lives to”. Our fifth session is the culmination of the series so far and builds heavily on the ideas and concepts developed especially in the session on the Invitation to Labour. We are now talking about the overarching vision that holds together our desire to labour in God’s harvest to help others to follow Jesus, grow in faith and build them up. This…

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An Invitation to Labour – God’s Harvest

An Invitation to Labour – God’s Harvest

Yesterday we continued our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our fourth session entitled “An Invitation to Labour – God’s Harvest”. This week we introduced our next metaphor which will be the basis for our discussions for the rest of the term. Having discussed what it might mean for us to follow, grow and to build (primarily in our own lives) our focus in this series is now changing to start to think about how we labour in God’s harvest-fields. This metaphor is from the natural…

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An Invitation to Build – Building to Last

An Invitation to Build – Building to Last

Yesterday we continued our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our third session entitled “An Invitation to Build – Building to Last”. Having spent some time in recent meetings discussing what it means to follow Jesus and to grow towards maturity we now turn our thoughts to the New Testament’s building metaphor. As someone who has spent most of their life building (whether it be in Lego or in house construction) this is a metaphor dear to my heart! Paul is clear that we…

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An Invitation to Grow – Growing to Maturity

An Invitation to Grow – Growing to Maturity

Yesterday we continued our series at Southampton Student NAVS with our second session entitled “An Invitation to Grow – Growing to Maturity”. This week we thought about the ‘growth metaphor’ and thought how there are examples of growth in the people, animals and plants all around us. Likewise in the spiritual realm we also grow as we get to know Jesus better. This is growth from the inside out, not mere conformity to a particular pattern of behaviour but transformation from the ‘inside out’…

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An Invitation to follow – Jesus is Enough

An Invitation to follow – Jesus is Enough

Last Thursday we began our new series at Southampton Student NAVS with our first session entitled “An invitation to Follow – Jesus is Enough”. We thought a little together about what it means to follow Jesus using the framework of Jesus’ encounter with Simon Peter in Luke 5. In that encounter Jesus asked Simon Peter to pull out into the deep and let down the nets. This must have sounded ludicrous to Simon Peter who had been fishing all night but had caught…

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