We’ve introduced a new monthly afternoon service to our regular programme. Though early days – this is only the third one we have done – so far, take up has been excellent and engagement really encouraging. We are purposefully trying not to follow the same format of the morning service but are aiming to do something different.
The morning services are purposefully liturgical and the teaching intentionally systematic and expository. The afternoon is stripped back, topical and much more participatory.
We have now landed on a basic format. We generally watch a video on the given topic, split into three groups and discuss two or three broad yet related questions. We then watch a second video and do the same again, seeking to take our thinking a little deeper.
Yesterday, we looked at the topic of guidance. Below are the videos we watched and the questions we discussed in relation to them.
- Why is the Bible the most dependable guide for knowing God’s will?
- 2 Tim 3:16-17; Heb1:1-2; Jude 1:3; Rev 22:18-19
- If the Bible is our ultimate guide, how does the Holy Spirit help us?
- John 14:15-17, 23-26; 16:7-15; Rom 12:2;1 Cor 2:14-16; 1 John 2:20-21, 27
- If God is sovereign over everything in the universe, is it possible for us to act outside of his ultimate will and purpose for us?
- In what ways does God cause his will to come about? How does this impact on our decision-making process?
- How does God’s total sovereignty liberate us in our decision-making as we seek to honour him?
- If we were to create a step-by-step process for godly decision-making, what steps would we include?