Learning to Listen


Yearning to Be Closer

I have been a Christian all of my adult life. During that time, I have always desired a closer relationship with Jesus and have done various things to develop that. I have attended Bible classes, and have even taught Bible classes to help me cultivate this closer experience. In my efforts to know Christ, I have read some of the greatest authors of our time: C.S. Lewis, Richard Foster, N.T. Wright, and Max Lucado, to mention a few. Each of them had valuable lessons for me. However, going through the Centered experience has helped me gain this closer relationship with Jesus more than anything I have done in my 45 years of being a Christian. Centered is structured to help people arrange their lives so they can develop the deeper Christian experience for which, I believe, we are all looking. Centered teaching you how to walk with Jesus.


Listening to Him

The most exciting experience for me through the program was learning how to listen to the Holy Spirit. In my head, I know the Holy Spirit has been with me since I became a Christian, but I did not understand or know how to listen. I have always wanted to know what it is like to hear the Holy Spirit speak to me. I mentioned to my Centered group that this was one area in which I struggled. The group immediately started praying for me, both in and outside of class. One of the experiences in Centered is a prayer experience, where we actually went off by ourselves and prayed for forty minutes. During this experience, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me. I have to admit it felt good! Now, today, I actively look for ways the Holy Spirit is guiding me, just as Jesus promised He would. There is no doubt in my mind that God is working through Centered to help spread His Kingdom here on earth. Now that I reflect on it, I know the Holy Spirit led me to Crossings…and to Centered.


Experiencing Life in Christ

Crossings Community Church is a Christ-centered church building Christ-centered people!
This is our mission statement, but have you ever wondered what a Christ-centered person looks like? Centered is our custom-written discipleship experience that was designed for that very reason. Centered is a series of ten conversations pertaining to the essential elements of Christian life. It’s a way to explore the Christian faith in the context of community and to develop habits essential to establishing a day-to-day, conversational relationship with Christ.


This fall, Centered will be offered at three different times:

  • Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
  • Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Register for classes at crossingsok.wpengine.com/centered.


“Learning to Listen” originally published by Gary Alford, Crossings Member, in the Fall 2015 issue of Crossings Magazine.