“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a)
One of my favourite childhood memories is competing in the Three-legged Race. With one leg tied to another boy’s I had to run in step with him and compete against other “three-legged” pairs down the racetrack.
Though clumsy at first and every misstep resulted in searing pain around the ankle, my partner and I would eventually discover the secrets of teamwork (i.e., arms around each other, verbal cues, sensitivity to each other’s stride and pace, and practice, practice, practice!) Consequently, not only would we move quicker in unison, we would catch the other person when either one stumbled and help each other along. In the end, whether we won or lost we’d have had lots of laughs and bonded closer as friends.
The 2022 theme, “2walk2together” challenges us to journey with one another like partners in the Three-legged Race. By committing to helping each other we will inadvertently strengthen the bonds within our faith community.
We all understand that no Christian grows alone. In this inaugural sermon series of 2022 we will examine 5 pairs of mentoring relationships in the Bible. We will study the intricacies of fostering a spiritual partnership and prepare ourselves for a mentoring seminar later in the spring.
Like contestants in the Three-legged Race, to walk together in the faith journey is hard work. It requires people to become up-close and personal and, therefore, more vulnerable to getting hurt. However, mutual support and accountability is the very key to building up the Kingdom of God. It demands commitment but delivers a good return for the labor.
Amos 3:3 says, “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” Let’s agree to do so!
- Speaker: Ian Ma
- Scripture: Matthew 16:13-25
- Date: 2022-01-09
Matthew 16:13-25 (NIV)
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”