Discernment begins with each person attending to their own spiritual formation – paying attention to what’s going on inside themselves. Have I learned to pay attention to the voice of God’s community?
Theme – To really understand God’s voice requires us to listen to each other. God created His community to enable us to hear each other.
What are the ways we can learn to listen to each other better?
I need to listen to people, to really listen,
to stay out of the way of their thoughts.
To be a safe place for them to share their fears,
hopes, frustrations, brokenness, anger, dreams, desires,
embarrassments, loneliness, confusion.
I will listen to their story no matter how long it takes.
No matter what is said. No matter where it takes us.
I will be caring,humble, compassionate,open,
understanding, fun. I will be a friend.
The Art of Connecting
Theme – In a world of 3 billion voices it can be difficult to believe that my voice matters. This weeks theme will discover some of the ways that we can recover our voice. We can then live confidently knowing that we speak with God’s authority. To do this firstly we need to be very sure of our Father’s voice and then allow that to speak to the important things in our lives.
What is the unique message God has called us to give to the world?
Key Verses – John 10: 1-5
1“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”