Who can believe that October 2015 (the month where Marty McFly visited the future!) has now been and gone, we’re in the middle of November and we will soon be celebrating the birth of our precious King, Lord and Saviour?!
We arrived in Sheffield in mid-September – a fresh intake of eight new Form interns from all over the place – America, Scotland, Sweden, Oxford and, of course, Sheffield! We also have five returning Form 2 interns who are looking to grow as leaders. Coming from all walks of life and aged between 18 and 29 years old, this bunch of young people are eagerly pursuing Jesus and looking to learn, love and lead.
At the beginning of October we had our first weekend away. This was filled with fun, laughter, games, epic word and worship. We thought about our expectations for the year, and how we may learn, change, and grow whilst we embrace all that Form will entail.
As we committed to the year ahead, we looked at the Form vision and values. This year our values are hunger and humility. We want to be a new generation of abandoned worshippers and therefore we must be hungry for the things of Jesus and position ourselves in humility before the Creator of the whole world, and allow Him to work in our lives.
There are many stories of God beginning to do this! One of our fellow interns Louise has spent the first few months of Form reflecting on her relationship with God. She’s begun to respond to the invitation to draw closer to her heavenly Father: “So far on my Form journey God has been teaching me about having a closer intimate relationship with God as a Father. This has brought revelation about my identity as a daughter of the King of Kings and the access I have to His Kingdom.” Very exciting!
We’ve all begun to realise that transformation in our lives doesn’t come just by taking in lots of information but by hearing what God is saying and putting it into practice. We’ve started to use the Learning Circle to do this. Jesus said in Mark 1:15 “the time has come, the kingdom of God is near, repent and believe the good news” and the Circle is a discipleship tool that has helped us to put the process of repent (change the way you think) and believe (step out in faith) into practice. As we put into practice all God is teaching us we are realising that Jesus is the answer in our lives – always.
Please keep us in your prayers over the next few weeks as we approach Christmas.
This blog was written by Rachel and Sam. Rachel attends The King’s Centre and is doing her internship there with Hungry the KC Young Adults Missional Community. Sam has come to Form from Sweden and has joined the Philadelphia Student team for his internship.