Spiritual Companions

Welcome!

Thank you for your willingness to explore the avenue of Spiritual Companions for deepening your personal faith and your relationships with others in the Kingdom of God. This process involves reaching out to another person (of the same sex), and inviting them to a parallel, spiritual walk with you. Here is how to begin:

First off, to aid in your understanding of why you might want to begin participating in this journey of Spiritual Companions, please read and reflect on the biblical quotations at the bottom of this page. They communicate the value of being involved in a small faith community and being supported by people that love us and encourage our growth in living more fully in the Kingdom of God. It is important to always continue to grow in our ability to trust and communicate with those people that the Lord has placed around us. This helps us to recognize the presence of God in our lives, and also His presence in the lives of others. It will also help you to grow in holiness as you learn to support and encourage each other in your walk of faith.

Second, pray about who you want to invite to be your Spiritual Companion. Remember that the Lord can use this person as an instrument in your spiritual growth. And you can be the same for them. Spend some time praying about it, and then reflect on who you think God has put in your heart. Call him (if you are a man) or her (if you are a woman) and invite him/her to join you in this spiritual walk. During this COVID19, most of the initial interactions will be online, but they can progress to face-to-face (while keeping the guidelines for physical distancing). If you need some help finding a Spiritual Companion, send Dcn. Ciso a line (ciso@ologparish.org). Regardless of how you find your companion, please let Dcn. Ciso know that you have a Spiritual Companion (and they have agreed to walk with you). Please email your names and the date you will be beginning your spiritual walk together, to Dcn. Ciso.

Third, please use the recommended questions in the link above, titled Questions to Facilitate Getting to Know One Another so that the two of you can develop a solid friendship. It is recommended that you meet at least 2 times a month (online or face-to-face) and every time you meet, you address one set of questions. More material and questions will be added later (see "Other Modules" above).

May God continue to bless you,

Deacon Ciso Macia

Biblical Verses

Proverbs 12:15 
A fool you think that their way is right, but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 11:14 
For lack of government a nation is sinking, but is saved if there are many men of counsel.

Proverbs 19: 20-21 
Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. 
There are many projects in the heart of man, but only the Lord's plan is carried out.

Psalm 1: 1-6 
Happy the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners, nor sits in the meeting of the wicked, but who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates day and night! He is like a tree planted by the waters tree, which bears fruit in due time, and whose leaves never wither: whatever you do will turn out well.

Proverbs 28:26 
He who trusts in himself is a fool, he who does wisely will be saved.

Proverbs 20:18 
The projects are secured with the advice and make war with strategy.

Acts 2:42
They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.

James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.

Rom 2:10
love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor

Heb 3:13
Encourage yourselves daily while it is still "today", so that none of you may grow hardened by the deceit of sin.

1 Cor 1:26
So what is to be done, brothers? When you assemble, one has a psalm, another an instruction, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Everything should be done for building up.

 2 Tim 2:2
And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well.

Gal 6:2
Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Timothy 3: 16-17 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfect and be prepared to always good.

 1 Thes 5:11
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.