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June/July

BIBLICAL TEACHING

      Questions to consider as a church June/July

 

These questions will help your church to consider how it can review the place of Biblical Teaching in all of its life together. They are intended to be asked regularly rather than considered once and then forgotten. You will need to determine where in your church the responsibility for each question lies - with the whole church in a general meeting, or with the church leadership, a relevant committee or another grouping. Feel free to add more of your own.

 

  • How does the life of your church show that you are living out devotion to Biblical Teaching? Explore specific examples.

  • How does the life of your church show you are not living out devotion to Biblical Teaching? Explore specific examples.

  • Are there aspects of Biblical Teaching that you neglect? What passages do you struggle with and how could you engage with them?

  • What challenges to devotion to Biblical Teaching do members of your Fellowship face in day-to-day life?

  • How might you support one another in the light of these challenges?

  • How can you encourage and resource more biblical study and reflection in your life together, and in the lives of those who are part of the church? Do you need to form some new groups or refresh existing ones?

  • Where does your congregation see Biblical Teaching at work in your community?

  • In what ways does your congregation see Biblical Teaching contradicted in your community? How might you challenge that?

  • When exploring the Bible in small groups or in services, who should be doing the teaching and who the learning? What contributions can children and young people offer? Do you need to review the practices of Biblical Teaching in your services of Worship?

  • Reflect on the biblical names of God and how God is addressed in prayer: how is your praying affected by Biblical Teaching?

  • How might you helpfully introduce people to biblical scholarship?

  • What do you (or your congregation) consider to be the overarching message of the Bible? Is it possible to use this to unite (or explain) some seemingly disparate and sometimes contradictory positions in the Bible? Try doing this with different interpretations of the overarching message and see whether this reinforces or shatters some of your conceptions and/or preconceptions about the Bible.


August/ September

August /September

EATING TOGETHER

Questions to consider as a church

 

These questions will help your church to consider how it can review the place of Eating Together in all of their life together. They are intended to be reviewed regularly rather than considered once and then forgotten. You will need to determine where in your church the responsibility for each question lies –with the whole church in a general meeting, with the church leadership, a relevant committee or another grouping. Feel free to add more of your own.

  1. Consider the ways in which Jesus ate with people. How does this challenge your church in the ways you do or don’t share food and drink together? (Check out the video on the Holy Habit page on the Circuit website)

  2. Think and discuss what it means to be an invitational church?

  3. How do you show welcome with food within and around the time of worship?

  4. Could some services be formed in a café worship style? Visit cafechurch.net or freshexpressions.org.uk/guide/examples/café to explore this more.

  5. How can you welcome those who share your premises by sharing food with them?

  6. How can Eating Together be part of your business meetings?

  7. Hatches, matches and dispatches: is your church able to offer care through catering to families celebrating these milestones (births/baptism, weddings and funerals)?

  8. Alongside a plan for Worship services, can you form a plan for Eating Together with others, and in so doing practice and deepen several of the other habits (e.g. Fellowship, Gladness and Generosity and Serving)?

How do you understand God to be present in your Eating Together?



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