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Gospel Triplet Profile: Mitch Brice

What was the process for you getting in a Triplet?

I’m in a triplet with Sam (pictured centre) and Daniel (pictured right) and we got in a triplet through our Gospel Community. Our whole GC are in Triplets with other members from our GC which has been a blessing to be able to meet together on some Wednesdays and have dinner as a whole and then go off and meet in our individual triplets.

What are some of the obstacles your Triplet has faced?

One of the biggest challenges for our Triplet has been the fact that Daniel lives a lot further away than Sam and I. I think this has been the biggest obstacle in terms of the practicality of meeting regularly. Ideally, we’d love to be able to meet every week but we’ve generally managed to be able to meet fortnightly. We’d love to be able to consistently meet each week, but the biggest difficulty is finding a regular time if we can’t meet during GC. Sam and I both have irregular work and study schedules and so we have to be really intentional about meeting regularly.

How have you been blessed by your Gospel Triplet?

I’ve been so blessed by being in a Triplet with Dan and Sam. I love that we can meet regularly and have a space where we can be vulnerable and honest with each other and know that we will be cared and prayed for no matter what we share. I think that it naturally takes time for us to build relationships where we feel like we can be completely honest, but one of the best things about our Triplet is that we’ve been able to move towards that openness and honesty sooner than we may have in another context. I love being in a place where I can feel safe to share honestly about my struggles, sin and areas of my life that I need the gospel applied to. Dan and Sam have been so willing to listen to and care for me, and I’ve been able to do the same for them so that we can point one another towards Jesus more and more.

Tell us one story about how you have been nurtured by the gospel in your Triplet.

In our Triplet, we’ve been reading through Galatians together. A couple of weeks ago we went and watched a soccer game, and as we watched we chatted about what we’d been learning through what we’d read. I shared how I’d been really challenged and rebuked by Galatians 1:10 which says ‘For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.’ I shared how I’d been struggling with my image and what people think of me and how I’m perceived, more than how God views me. As I chatted to the boys, they were able to help me identify the negative fruit in my life that stemmed from my own pride, and they were able to speak the gospel to me and pray with me and affirm that I am a beloved child of God and that is where my identity lies, not in how others view me.

What would you say to someone who says, ‘I’m too busy to be in a Triplet’?

I would say that the benefit of being in a Gospel Triplet far outweighs the cost. I can definitely resonate with the struggle of being busy and the difficulty of finding time to meet. As I said before, one of the biggest obstacles for our Triplet has been organising our schedules to meet regularly. But I can, with complete honesty, say from my experience that it is definitely worth the cost. We have had to sacrifice our time and sometimes even our comfort in order to make our Triplet work, but what could be more valuable than being transformed into Jesus’ likeness? We’ve had to consistently ask ourselves that question, and the answer is always the same: nothing is better than knowing Jesus more. That is what our Triplet is for and so we’re willing to sacrifice time and comfort so we can lead each other to Jesus.