Dom Chan3 March, 2019

Sunday March 3rd - 1 Samuel 3

God speaks to Samuel

This is an exciting albeit hair-raising section of the bible. I recommend reading the first couple of chapters to get your bearings (but a good read of Joshua, Judges & Ruth will also help set the scene). It’s worth bearing in mind that whatever happens with Samuel is meant only to be a precursor to the big news of King David who is himself a precursor and archetype for the really big news of God’s Messiah . . . but that’s a little down the track!

What do you notice about the first verse? How is that similar or different to today? Why might there have been so little “hearing from God”? What do you make of Eli’s character? And in comparison with Hannah? (ref chapters 1&2) What is the author trying to demonstrate about character and God’s blessing? How does that sit with your understanding of blessing post-Jesus?

What does Samuel’s early character reveal? What does verse 7 imply? How pleased do you think Samuel was to receive that particular word from the Lord? How did he respond? Did that word come to pass? What comment is made of Samuel?

How does that make you feel about potentially hearing a word from the Lord? How should you approach it? Write down all your thoughts and questions and then compare with 1 Cor 14:1-5. How is that different or the same? How does that make you feel about receiving a word from the Lord? What do you think the Lord is saying? What are you going to do about it?

23 December, 2018

Summer Worship

Sunday December 23rd (and throughout 2019)

(During this time we will be unable to record and upload the sermons due to people being on holidays and the technology available. I encourage you to still explore the readings and below is a suggested way that you can dig in deeper into discipleship and Jesus.)

As mentioned in the newsletter on the front page, over summer and throughout 2019 we’ll be “Digging into Discipleship”. Once school returns I’ll resume providing some follow-up questions for the weekly readings. In the meantime, and as a handy help in D.I.Y. bible study (and also incredibly useful in helping either to lead a bible study or simply explain something you’ve read to another person, please find below this well known method of bible study known as Discovery Bible Study.

A bible passage of no more than 10-15 verses is selected – perhaps one that relates to the Sunday preach, or material your Explore Group (or other Missional Community) is currently dealing with, and then it’s over to the Holy Spirit.

It’s designed to work best in a small group of 4-7 people, especially in terms of practising what you might explain to others, (but you can certainly do it on your own to some extent, although this negates the multiplication factor somewhat!).

The passage is read in multiple ways – first reading round the room, then one reading with others listening, and then with everyone pitching in to try and recall what they have read without looking at the passage.

Then ask these 4 questions. The same questions are used every time. (There are many versions of these questions but these are the ones I find most helpful):

1. What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus, people and/or life?

2. Does it give us any promises, principles, commands or warnings?

3. What is God saying to me through this, and what am I going to do about it?

4. Who can I tell about what I have learnt here, within the next week?

The first 2 questions are about exploration – what is the passage saying? You should spend half your time on these questions. This is giving space for the Holy Spirit to be speaking through all the members of the group. I normally follow this with a short pause for people to think on their own about what God might be saying to them through this (especially important for the introverts in the group!)

Question 3 is all about application – these two discipleship questions help people process their “Kairos” / light-bulb moments. If you’re not sure what I mean here, please ask!

Question 4 is about reproduction – this helps people to think not just as a disciple, but also as a potential disciple-maker.

Have a go over summer . . . maybe invite someone for a coffee and do it together informally while you get used to it. It’s fun and you don’t have to be an expert. Try it on these readings which we’ll be using over January . .

December 30 Genesis 1:1-2:3 & Genesis 2: 4-25

January 6 Genesis 11:1-9

January 13 Genesis 13

January 20 Exodus 3:1-15

January 27 Exodus 10:1-18

The weekly Dig in at Home Resource will also be available via the App and Website under the Devotion section during this time.

God Bless