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Session 1: The Labels we Use

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Bible verses:

1 Samuel 16:7 and 1 Peter 2:9
 

Introduction:

It’s both natural and understandable to use labels to describe ourselves or others, as they help to define and explain who we are. We are all individuals with different experiences and gifts, and ultimately our identity as Christians lies in Christ.  

We can learn much working and walking alongside each other, and in this clip Chris highlights the importance of ecumenical relationships in his long ministry. The ministry of the Holy Spirit and silent prayer are also mentioned.


Watch the Video:



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Questions:

  • Describe yourself with labels – who are you? (Not just a Christian, but as a person)  What labels do you think others would use to describe you?  God knows you intimately, and loves you… How do you think he sees you?
  • Where have you experienced different forms of church? In what ways has this enriched your spirituality?
  • What has been your relationship with Christians from different churches and denominations?  What can your own church learn from a neighbour?  Are there ways your church can work alongside a neighbouring one?
  • Chris talks about his renewal journey, and how important the ministry of the Holy Spirit has been in that ministry. In what ways have you experienced renewal? Can you describe your own renewal journey?  Is it still having an effect?  What does it mean to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit?
  • Chris also touches upon the contemplative and silent prayer in his quest to go deeper spiritually.  How are you seeking to go deeper?

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