Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Casteel: the class meeting

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
    Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
    —1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 (NIV)
    The genius of the Methodist movement, which enabled it to conquer the raw lives of workingmen in industrial England, and the raw lives of men and women on the American frontier, was the “class meeting”—ten members and their leader, meeting regularly for mutual encouragement, rebuke, nurture, and prayer.
    ... John L. Casteel (1903-1993/5), Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 20 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase the bond of love among the brethren.
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