Earnestly I seek You…
Over the last six months God has been renewing my vision and commitment for disciple making. Small group retreats are one of the environments I look forward to seeing the Gallery Family meet with God through as He molds us into His faithful followers.
At 7pm this past Friday night 11 men thirsty for God left New York City and headed for North Wildwood Island along the Jersey shore. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The road trip, weather, sonic pit stop, the study, whiffle ball on the beach, powerful prayer times…it felt like a perfect weekend.
Desiring God by Dr. John Piper was our meal. Piper’s renowned work is meaty indeed. Friday night we read the preface out loud together and prayed to whet our appetites and prepare our hearts for the next morning. Before breakfast on Saturday each man was to read through the introduction which we discussed over breakfast and into the morning. Then about 10:45 am we really began to dig in. Each dude had one chapter he was to read and master. He was to summarize the chapter and come back and teach it to the rest of the group. For most of the men present, it was the first Piper they had read. Needless to say many of their heads are still spinning. But Piper wasn’t the hero of the weekend, Jesus was. Piper led us to the fountain that satisfies our souls. Piper pointed the way to feast upon the bread of life, and feast we did. I’m grateful for what God is doing in our church and this weekend was a small stride in becoming the kind of church God is molding us into.
If you went on the men’s retreat or recent womens’ retreat, how did God speak to you. How did He impact your life during the weekend? For others, why do you think retreat environments can be so powerful? Is there a retreat that you still remember God working in your life through?
(photo by Joe Garrad)