Tales from the Team

  • 12 October 2021
  • Dan McKinlay
My tale is about home groups

If there is one topic that has been particularly pressed onto my heart in my time at SHAP, it is the topic of Assurance. Of all of the Bible study resources I’ve written this year, I feel that the latest one ‘Am I Good Enough For Heaven?’ has been the most vital one for our church family. If you have ever found yourself struggling with doubts about faith or the question of God’s love for you in the Lord Jesus, I highly commend it to you. 
My recent tale comes from the Wednesday night fellowship group which has run throughout lockdown has been a place for those coming along to reflect on the certainty of the hope we have in Jesus. It’s been a real reminder to me that midweek catch ups, of which there are many at SHAP, play a vital role in the spiritual vigour of our faith and help us to be sustained as Christians. If there is one unexpected blessing to come from lockdown it has been the discovery of online socialising and gathering. I fully expect that long into the future our midweek meetings at SHAP will continue to be online. It’s never been easier to be part of a local church, and never more convenient for you to become more involved. 
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us that gathering together and being assured of our eternal salvation from sin and judgment are closely connected (Hebrews 10:22-25). As we step out into the new, post-Covid era, let me encourage you to make full use of the technology God has given us to nurture and tend our faith.