Tonight, in the FOUR TABLES GROUP, we will be arranging our seating a bit differently.
We would like for everyone to sit at a table.
The groups will be smaller and should make for easier discussion.
Please bring your information with you (notes, book, iPad, iPhone, tablet, etc.)
Please be prepared to share whatever inspiration you have received from this week’s reading.
We will explore the passages that different members of the group have highlighted, etc.
In the end, we will have a time of sharing between the tables.
We will be starting off with a couple quick questions from Session 2.
- Augustine’s expression, orzo amorum: “the order of loves”. What should be the order of our loves? How does this affect our daily life? Do we live and work in ways that demonstrate we have made right choices, and not just said we were making right choices.
- Give an example of how we can demonstrate our love for others in our daily lives.
Session Three: No Bonsai for Me
- Table Two is the Table of Grow
- God’s intention was definitely for us to grow and we see this in the natural. He was so sure that what he had created could grow that he only put two of each animal on the Ark!
- Bonsai trees are kept artificially small and Christians keep themselves from growing through four causes: Complacency, Prejudice & Bias, Pride, Isolation.
- The First Table of Love – is where we worship God with our lives in private and in public.
- The Second Table of Grow – is where we publicly gather with “people of like precious faith” and inspire one another to grow.
- No matter how long it has been a “bonsai”, when it is released from it’s “enclosed” state, it will immediately begin to reach for it’s potential. This can be you!
Then we will watch our introduction and return to our table discussions about this week’s reading.
I will provide the discussion questions ahead of time for you here to help us prepare responses.
- The Apostle Paul often used the phrase “one another”. All scripture is given by God’s inspiration and should be valued. Yet what value do we place on the constant use of this phrase? (page 10-11 in your notes)
- The author states that the “one thing that can change your life… is to pour yourself into the lives of fellow believers.” How have you found this to be true in your own life? (pages 11-12)
- We live in a disconnected world where community is withering. How would the biblical concept of Koinonia be of benefit in today’s world? (page 14-15 in your notes)
- The early church broke bread from house to house. What do you find attractive about such a practice? (Or what do you find scary about it? lol)
- How can we practice the “lost art of hospitality” in our own lives. (page 16-17)