Practice 6: 11/6-11/12

HEARING GOD AS A LIFE

      1. What did this week’s practice look like for you?
      2. What about this week’s practice was valuable or difficult for you?

DISCUSSION:

1. When was a time that you were living the “with-God life”?

2. Dallas describes the church as the “continuing incarnation.” What are the implications of this image for living a with-God life?

3. John Ortberg quotes Frank Laubach that a mystic is simply someone who believes that if they talk to God he might answer back. What do you believe happens when you talk to God? Has this changed over the last few weeks?

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. You could choose to go through these passages individually or in one sitting a couple times.

1. John 10:7-18: The sheep know His voice

2. Ephesians 2:1-9: God made us alive and together

3. John 15:1-11: Abide in Jesus

4. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Practice 5: 10/16-10/22

HEARING GOD IN THE
CONTEXT OF THE KINGDOM

      1. What did this week’s practice look like for you?
      2. What about this week’s practice was valuable or difficult for you?

DISCUSSION:

Read Psalm 127:1-2

  1. How’s your sleep? How is your sleep related to seeking life in the kingdom of God?
  2. Dallas speaks on seeking the Kingdom of God as looking for what God is doing. Where are places that you can seek the Kingdom of God? Are you curious about where God is moving in your life, your city, your work?
  3. Dallas said that “Crucifixion [taking up our own cross] is the great door of liberation; it takes you off your kingdom.” What are things in your life that keep you in your own kingdom? 

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. You could choose to go through these passages individually or in one sitting a couple times. 

  1. Psalm 127: The Lord gives His beloved sleep
  2. Psalm 121: Help comes from the Lord
  3. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Practice 4: 10/9-10/15

The Still Small Voice

  1. What did this week’s practice look like for you?
  2. What about this week’s practice was valuable or difficult for you?

DISCUSSION:

Read 1 Kings 19:9-13

  1. Check out the chart on the back. What are your thoughts about how God speaks?

Dallas Willard explained that the three lights (circumstances, impressions of the Spirit, and Scripture) were tools to understand what God is saying, but are limited.

  1. Have you heard of these three lights before today?
  2. What did you think about the limitations of the three lights Dallas mentioned (inadequate for conversational dynamic)?

Dallas Willard describes the three critical components of hearing from God as tone, spirit, content. 

  1. Which of these have you personally experienced to be true/of value?
  2. What are your thoughts on these three?

At the end of the discussion Richard Foster reads the following quote from Thomas Kelly, “Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time. And it makes our life programs new and overcoming. We need not get frantic. He is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well.”

  1. What sorts of small shifts need to take place in your life rhythms to make space to listen for the still, small voice of God? 
  2. How can we pursue this and involve one another as a community in this?

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. Specifically starting this week, we want people to begin to take a few moments of silence at the end of their reading and prayer to invite God to speak. In the bonus video for this session (which you are welcome to watch!) Willard talks about how he goes about making space and aiming to hear from God. We have included those below the scriptures for the week. 

  1. John 10:27-30: The sheep know His voice
  2. Matthew 14:23: Jesus prays alone
  3. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Willard’s Approach is:  1) asking God to speak, 2) watching for what happens over the next few days, 3) listening for a particular kind of thought, 4) if the thought is unclear, ask for clarity, 5) if it seems you are hearing nothing – ask if there is anything inside of you preventing you from hearing, 6) if nothing is heard at that point consider that the decision might be yours to make.

Practice 3: 10/2-10/8

Trinitarian Fellowship

1. What did this week’s practice look like for you?

2. What about this week’s practice was valuable or difficult for you?

DISCUSSION:

Dallas Willard said, “You are invited to practice intimate fellowship with the Trinity.”

1. What do you think of this statement?

2. What are some places that you are keeping your distance from Jesus?

3. How might you practice a life with God?

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. You could choose to go through these passages individually or in one sitting a couple times.

1. John 17:3: The only place Jesus defines eternal life

2. John 17: 20-26: A prayer of Jesus for life together

3. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Practice 2: 9/18-9/24

What Hearing God is Not

1. What did this week’s practice look like for you?

2. What about this week’s practice was valuable or difficult for you?

DISCUSSION:

Dallas Willard said, “the desire for control is a primary reason we fail to hear God”.

1. What do you think he meant by this?

2. What are some places in your life that you might desire control over hearing God?

3. How might reading your Bible as part of an ongoing friendship with God differ from reading as a superstitious practice in trying to hear from God?

Read: Acts 17:26-28

1. What might change in your relationship with God if you truly believed that He was not far off?

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. You could choose to go through these passages individually or in one sitting a couple times.

1. 1 Samuel 3:6-10: Willingness to hear and obey God’s voice

2. 1 Kings 19:11-13: The still, small voice and its rivals

3. Matthew 25:14-30: The parable of the talents

4. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Practice 1: 9/11-9/17

NOTE: Redemption Church has created a Right Now Media account. Right Now Media is a digital library of video Bible studies, book discussions, conference messages, kids shows, etc.  Since Redemption has set up a church account, everyone in our church can set up a personal account for free also.

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Over the course of this Spring, we are going to be working through a six-week video series led by Dallas Willard titled, Hearing God. The main overall objective of the series is for each of us to grow in our understanding of what it means to relate to God as we make space to be with him

You Were Created For Friendship With God

DISCUSSION:

Dallas Willard said, “God has made you for his presence and seeks fellowship with you”.

1. What do you think he meant by this?

2. Do you think this quote is realistic or idealistic?

3. Assuming this is true, what does this mean for your own personal life?

Read Psalm 32:6-11

1. In this conversational dialogue between David and God, what do you think is going on in verse 8?

2. From these passages, what does it seem God truly desires from his people?

THE PRACTICE PROMPT:

Each practice week, we will be providing a practice prompt for everyone to do on their own throughout the week. We want to invite and encourage each of us to make space to read, reflect, and use each passage as a journaling/written prayer prompt before our next practice week. You could choose to go through these passages individually or in one sitting a couple times.

1. Mark 1:21-39: Jesus’ use of solitude in the midst of a flurry of activity

2. Exodus 24:14-15: The glory of meditation

3. Genesis 3:8: God walking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

4. Deuteronomy 6:1-9: The importance of intentionality

5. Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer

Fall 2022 Missional Community Calendar

Emphasis: Being with Jesus

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9/4-9/10:  Labor Day Weekend (No MC Gathering)

9/11-9/17:  Practice 1: You Were Created for Friendship with God;

9/18-9/24:  Practice 2: What Hearing from God is Not

9/25-10/1:  Iron Man on 9/25 (MC Optional)

10/2-10/8:  Practice 3: Trinitarian Friendship

10/9-10/15:  Practice 4: The Still Small Voice

10/16-10/22:  Practice 5: Hearing God in the Context of the Kingdom of God

10/23-10/29: Trick or Treat on Broad Street on 10/29 (MC Optional)

10/30-11/5: Augusta Handmade Fair on 11/4-11/5 (MC Optional)

11/6-11/12:  Practice 6: Hearing God as Life

11/20-11/26: Deck the Halls Potluck on 11/20 (No MC Gathering)

11/27-12/3: Advent Begins on 11/27 (MC Optional)

12/4-12/10: Advent Discussion

12/11-12/17: MC Christmas Parties

12/18-12/24:  No MC Gathering

12/25-12/31: No MC Gathering

PRACTICE WEEKS: Weeks labeled “Practice” Will consist of video-driven discussion and a take-home prompt. Most groups arrange childcare for these weeks. This Fall each group will be going through “Hearing God” by Dallas Willard: (1) You were created for friendship with God; (2) What hearing from God is not; (3) Trinitarian Friendship; (4) The Still Small Voice; (5) Hearing God in the Context of the Kingdom of God; (6) Hearing God as Life

MC OPTIONAL WEEKS: Typically groups will work together at the beginning of a season to determine which of the “Optional” dates makes sense for their group.

Practice 7: Communion & Dining Room Table Christianity – 8/14-20

A COMMUNION CELEBRATION

Leader:
Blessed are you, Lord God of the universe, You are the giver of this bread – fruit of the earth and of human labor – let it become the bread of life.

Blessed are You, Lord God of the universe, You are the giver of this fruit of the vine and of human labor, let it become the wine of the eternal kingdom.

As the grain once scattered in the fields and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside are now reunited on this table in bread and wine, so, Lord, may your whole Church soon be gathered together from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.

All: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

Leader: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

Leader: Lift up your hearts.

All: We lift them up to the Lord.

Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Leader:
It is indeed right, from east and west, from north and south, in all the seasons of our life,
to give thanks to you, O God, O Living One.
Dwelling beyond time and space, you abide among us, embracing the world with your
justice and love.
And so, with all the baptized of every race and land, with the multitudes in heaven and
the countless choirs of angels, we praise your glorious name.

All: Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty.

Leader:
Holy God, Holy and Mighty One,
Holy and Immortal:
You we praise and glorify
You we worship and adore.

You formed the earth from chaos;
You encircled the globe with air;
You created fire for warmth and light;
You nourish the lands with water.

You molded us in Your image,
And with mercy higher than the mountains,
With grace deeper than the seas,
You blessed the People of Israel
And cherished them as Your own.

That also we, estranged and dying,
Might be adopted to live in Your Spirit,
You called to us through the life and death of Jesus,
Who on the night He was betrayed,
Took Bread, and gave thanks;
Broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:
“Take and eat, this is my body, given for you.
Do this for remembrance of me.”

Again, after supper, He took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
“This is the new covenant in my blood,
shed for you and for all people
for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for remembrance of me.”

Together as the Body of Christ,
We proclaim the mystery of His death:

All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

Leader: United by one baptism in the same Holy Spirit and the same Body of Christ,
We pray as God’s sons and daughters:

All: The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the Kingdom
And the Power
And the Glory,
Forever and ever, Amen.

*Serve each other bread and prepare glasses of juice.

Holy God, Holy and Merciful One,
Holy and Compassionate,
With this bread and cup we remember Your Son,
The first-born of your new creation.
We remember his life lived for others,
And his death and resurrection,

which renewed the face of the earth.
We await his coming When,
with the world perfected through your wisdom,
All our sins and sorrows will be no more.

Send upon us and this meal your Holy Spirit,
Whose breath revives us for life,
Whose fire roused us to love.
Enfold in your arms all who share this meal.
Nurture in us the fruit of the Spirit,
That we may be a living tree,
Sharing your bounty with the world.

Take Communion.

Read: Psalm 100

Petition and Intercessions
Confesstion and Assurance
Encouragement

Benediction:
May the God of peace,
Who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus,
The great shepherd of the sheep,
By the blood of the eternal covenant,

make you complete in everything good
so that you may do God’s will,
working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever!

Leaders Guide for Practice 7: Weeks 1 & 2

Practice 7: Communion & Dining Room Table Christianity – 8/7-13

DOING THE THINGS JESUS DOES
Eating & Drinking with God

DINING ROOM TABLE CHRISTIANITY

We are near the end of our practice of eating and drinking with the third dimension: eating and drinking with God. The Lord’s supper was originally exactly what it sounds like, a supper. A meal around a table with Jesus and his community. This core practice changed the Roman Empire. How can we let something as simple as eating and drinking with one another change our own communities?

THE MEAL

READ: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

DISCUSS: What role has communion played in your life?

The Lord’s supper, communion, the eucharist – whatever you call this meal, it is at the core of the way of Jesus. In the early church, there’s no doubt it was the center of gravity in the weekly gathering. But a lot has changed over 2,000 years. Originally, it was a meal, not a bite of bread and a sip of juice or wine. It was enjoyed around a table, not in a church building. It was a joyful time spent together more than a quiet, contemplative time alone. And it was about communion with each other, not just communion with God. In fact, it was even a vehicle for social justice, as it gave food to the poor in the church and the city. But over time, the meal became the mass. In this Practice, we explore repurposing our weekly meal with our Community as Jesus’ meal, or “the Lord’s supper.” This practice is split over two weeks – the first week will focus on talking together about communion and the second week will be practicing a communion meal.

DISCUSS:  How can we think about Communion differently?

Liturgy from the Didache, a church manual of sorts, a “how-to” book from the early first century (70 AD-140 AD).

Regarding the Eucharist, you shall give thanks as follows. First, concerning the cup: “We give you thanks, our Father, for the holy vine of David, your child, which you made known to us through Jesus your child. To you be the glory forever.

Next, concerning the broken bread: “We give you thanks, our Father, for the life and knowledge that you made known to us through Jesus your child. To you be glory forever. As this broken bread was scattered upon the mountains and gathered to become one, so may your church be gathered together from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. For the glory and power are yours through Jesus Christ forever.

And when you have had enough to eat, give thanks as follows:

“We give thanks, holy Father, for your holy name which you have made reside in our hearts, and for the knowledge, faith and immorality that you made known to us through Jesus your child. To you be glory forever.

You, O Master Almighty, created all things for the sake of your name, and gave both food and drink to humans for their refreshment, that they might give you thanks. And you graciously provided us with spiritual food and drink and eternal life through your child. Above all, we thank you because you are powerful. To you be the glory forever.

Remember your church, O Lord; save it from all evil and perfect it in your love. And gather it from the four winds into your kingdom, which you prepared for it. For yours is the power and glory forever.

May grace come and this world pass away. Hosanna to the God of David. If anyone is holy let them come (to the Eucharist); if anyone is not, let them repent. Maranatha! Amen.

But permit the prophets to give thanks as often as they wish.

DISCUSS:  How might celebrating communion in this way change your experience?

For next practice: Next week we will be practicing a communion meal through a guided liturgy. The liturgy will have some call and response, scripture reading, sharing about our lives, and taking communion together. The hope is to experience communion as a community around a common table. It might be a good idea to plan now for the coming practice by asking someone to consider leading the practice and designating who will bring the bread and juice for communion.

Leaders Guide for Practice 7: Weeks 1 & 2

Sermon Discussion Questions – 1 Timothy 3:1-16

Here are a few questions from today’s sermon meant to help guide us all in prayerful conversation:

1. Read 1 Timothy 3:1-16. In vs. 15, Paul says that he wrote this so that we might now how we ought to behave in the household of God. How does this passage guide us in that way?

2. Make a list of the characteristics that overseers and deacons ought to have according to this passage. Prayerfully consider which of these areas you still need growth in. Write them down and consider sharing them with others.

3. How does the good news of Jesus meet you in your exposed need?

4. Discuss how the Holy Spirit is leading you toward spiritual maturity alongside your church family.

You can catch the replay here.