What do relationships have to do with a person's spirituality? What makes a person truly spiritual?


Participation in Building Healthy Relationships

  1. Listen to the sermon series during Sunday worship at Carmel New Church either in person or online
  2. Meet in a small group to study, discuss, and learn from each other. Small groups usually include prayer, a time for checking in, and discussions or related activities. People participating in a small group commit to meet on a weekly basis to explore their faith and support each other in applying that faith in life. Sign up to an in-person small group on the church noticeboard, or to an online small group here.
  3. Read supporting materials by subscribing to receive daily emails. Daily Bible study is a wonderful and enriching way to ground your spiritual growth work. Each email includes a reflective task and a prayer.

The Building Healthy Relationships program is a six (6) week sermon series drawing from the Biblical story of the Sermon on the Mount, and explores how you can apply the story to your life. Jesus said that everything in the Bible points to two things: loving the Lord and loving the neighbour (Matt. 22: 32-40). He said the same two kinds of love would bring us eternal life, and to give an example He told the story of the Good Samaritan who helped a man lying wounded by the roadside. Then Jesus said we should be like that Samaritan and be a good neighbour (Luke 10: 25-37).

The Lord calls each of us to live lives that are loving. He teaches us how to serve people around us, even when it seems difficult to do so. Building Healthy Relationships is a program designed to explore the Lord’s teachings that support healthy, more meaningful relationships of all kinds: with co-workers, our siblings, with our parents and our children, and in our marriages.

The Sermon on the Mount is not long. You might easily read it in less than a quarter of an hour, and yet we are taking six weeks to study it. This is because spiritual growth isn’t so much about what we know as it is about how we live. The six weeks are to give us a chance to apply and practice spiritual living and to develop new habits. As you continue on your spiritual journey, remember that our efforts to be spiritual are not in isolation, but in community as we interact with and serve each other.

The goal of this program is simply to be an instrument in helping you improve your personal relationships by connecting with the Lord and His Word, and in creating a space so you and others can share what you learn and experience. Tasks, activities, stories and insights are provided to aid this process.