I had the pleasure to meet Dudley Ford many years ago, who had been invited to lead our church retreat. Dudley is a Sydney Anglican Minister, While I don’t remember all he spoke about that weekend – I do remember a catchy phrase which was the theme of the weekend.
Upwards, inwards and outwards.
It’s a phrase that I have come to take as my own. Recently I have used this theme as part of my devotional exercises in reading Scripture. It then forces me to ask a 4th question, they being.
- What does this passage say about God.
- What does this say about me.
- What does this say about the community in which I live.
- What am I going to do about it.
I think this theme also makes an excellent foundation to preach from…what do you think?