Join the men of Grace Bible Church Boise, as we read:

Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

April – June 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0802456588
We’re going to start reading this book in April 2016. You can order the book online but if you need help getting a copy let us know.

We have three goals in launching this effort.

  1. Read – a book that encourages our faith and pushes us towards God and His Word.
  2. Walk – use the book as a means to promote and facilitate walking beside fellow brothers in Christ, “sharpening one another”, Pro. 27:17.
  3. Run – Use the book and walking together as a means to promote individual spiritual growth in order to “run that you may obtain the prize”, 1 Cor 9:24.

In addition to these three goals we are going to offer three ways to participate.

  1. Read – the book along with other men in the church and have the opportunity to interact with one another on the material. This simply provides another avenue for men to engage and have something “spiritually in-common” with one another to talk about and connect with.
  2. Blog – interact with one another on this website. Sometimes you might like to be able to talk about something you’ve read or perhaps just share a thought, but you can’t always do that on a Sunday morning.
  3. Coffee – very informal gathering, discuss the book or just get to know one another. No expectation on being at a specific point in the book. Just another way to gather and interact. The current book could be a point of discussion, but doesn’t need to be…
    6:00am 1st & 3rd Friday of the month at
    Lucky Perk
    3327 N. Eagle Rd Meridian, ID 83642

3 Comments

  1. At our church we began this practice of what I like to consider a time of discovery, a time of reflection, a time of inspection…a time that can help serve to renew, reestablish, reenergize the purpose and focus of God’s redeeming work in our lives. We have begun a practice we are calling Read/Walk/Run. Read, walk, run. When I first heard this phrase I immediately thought of an app called “Couch to 5K”. The purpose of this app is to encourage people have who used to run but do so no longer, people who have never run, or people who have been turned off of running for a variety of reasons…it seems too hard to go from where they are (out of shape) to being able to run for a significant distance (5K or 3.1 miles in this case); they were runners before but is has been so very long ago and the thought of “getting back” is overwhelming; they have tried before but simply tried to start off too fast or too long and were injured or discouraged or something else. Their body’s rebelled, their body’s hurt in places they did not know they had, they may have experienced injury, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to run in the first place. The “Couch to 5K” program is designed to help you get into running by deliberating managing the process…easing people into a 5K training plan gradually. In fact, the beginners’ program outlines an approach that is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform people from couch potato to runner, getting them off the couch and into the practice of running in a realistic, managed process that gets them to a place where they are able to begin running a 5K or 3.1 miles on a regular basis in just two months.

    So we have begun this thing we call “Read/Walk/Run. In this time we spend together we select a book of Christian focus with the intent that we would read the book and think on the content of this book together…its theology, its reflections, its message…and that we would then spend a certain time together talking about these things we have discovered in our reading. The intent is not necessarily to simply investigate, dissect, and pontificate on the author’s theological or doctrinal perspective and accuracy from our own perspective (though these things are a critical necessity). After all there are many thousands who make their living doing this…they are called critics and in the church so many of us appear to desire to be employed in just such a profession! In fact it is a function of our selection process to review these things at a certain level as we consider various books.

    In the end we select a book, as imperfect as our process is, and we agree to read the book. It is then that we pursue to follow the loose vision of our time together…to read, to walk, to run. We are to read this book; to allow its lessons, its controversies, and our discussions to stir our hearts and our minds and our perspectives to thought and understanding, to wrestle with these things as brothers in the faith. This process, by natural consequence of faith, should lead us to walk with purpose, to be prodded and shaped and influenced and provoked to action by this time together as we consider our own faith and our own response to the gospel…to be encouraged and provoked to “reset” our internal faith processor, to “refire” our faith engines, to “recalibrate” our faith compass as we align our lives more completely and more fully with God’s will and God’s purposes. Then we are to run, to be the active, intentional, faithful, influential men of God’s authentic holy Gospel purpose now, with His intended urgency, with the Holy Spirit’s clarity, with a Jesus-like passionate hunger now!

    The hope is that through these things we would first be driven to God, to His word in study and contemplation as we seek understanding. We are to be driven to dedicated, consistent time in prayer as we seek His will, His guidance, His strength, His encouragement, His grace and mercy…as we walk along the way. We are to be driven to worship, to see Him evermore clearly and evermore present in His scriptures, in our thoughts, and in our lives…and that our time in worship would be reflective of a grateful heart and an eagerness for the faith. We are to be driven to our complete purpose for our salvation…to pursue the holiness and the righteousness of the Lord, that we pursue a Christ-likeness…to be prepared to “preach the gospel”, to actively seek in faith God’s purpose that our life and our voice is to proclaim the gospel now to the world, beginning in the places God has us now, and for this to grow to be a practice of our life…to be equipped to “make disciples”; to be faithful and available and teachable as we actively seek to come alongside another believer for a season of time; sharing with them the faith experiences of our life as we give away what the Lord has given us; sharing with them the truth’s and instruction of God’s word that they might grow to know them more, and that they might grow to know that His will is that they also be a vessel and an implement for the furtherance of the gospel; that they might see the magnificent nature of our gift from the Lord in this inheritance of faith we have received, and that they might see the powerful nature of this gospel legacy we have received and the consequential responsibility we have in the faith to love one another walk alongside one another in the faith because we are called Christians.

    This is what I see as the purpose for this time together…to read, to walk, to run!

    1. Great summary, I really enjoyed our last discussion! Looking forward to more, thanks for participating with us.

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