The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
"Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.”
David W. Augsburger
"If I cannot listen to you, then I cannot listen to God. How can I listen to God if I’ve not learned to listen to myself or another? We need to place listening at the heart of Christian life and ministry. It lies at the heart of ministries of evangelism, of healing, of deliverance, and of discipleship. I move into the heart of God through listening to His people. Love always desires to communicate.”
You might want to ask each other some of the following questions:
- Where have you seen God at work in your life in the past week/month?
- How did you experience God’s presence through your rhythms?
- How have you been shaped by the rhythms?
- What differences did the rhythms make to those around you?
- What is the Spirit stirring and wanting to grow in you in this season?
- What unhealthy rhythms or habits have you adopted and what practices will help you refocus on Jesus?
- What is one thing you like about the Rhythm of listening and why?
- What has been an obstacle to listening?
- How can listening to eachother make us into a loving family?
- What is one thing you learned about listening this week? After listening to the rhythm podcast, what was new to you or what changed your view?
- How do you think practicing listening will help you follow Jesus?
- What is a small way this week you can incorporate this rhythm in your life?
- Is there anyone you need start listening?
- What way can the group help you practice this rhythm?