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CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T07 - Listening Your Way into Spiritual Conversations

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Transcript of CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T07 - Listening Your Way into Spiritual Conversations

Listening Your Way into Spiritual Conversations
Are You Listening?
- Klaus Bockmühl,
Listening to the God who speaks
- sharing listening experiences
- James 1:19, Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person
be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.
- Prov. 18:13, If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his
folly and shame.
Learning to Listen
- connect to non-disciples where they are
- with an attitude of humility
- avoid a wrong attitude
- give up controlling the conversation
- seek to understand people
Five Ways to Listen Better
(Julian Treasure)
Class Activity
a) Write down three spiritual issues
that seekers are struggling with
b) Share your list with your neighbor
Group A: Find more kingdom principles in Matt. 25:14-30
a) What is the King's mission? (check all gospel
accounts; write down Bible passages)
b) What is my role in the King's mission?
(write down Bible passages)
"Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference. -David Oxberg
- suspend judgment
- die to your agenda
- seek to discover people’s stories
- reflect on what you have heard
- listen to both, the people around you and to the Holy Spirit
"Listen consciously to live fully." -Julian Treasure
Group Activity
Group B: Living as kingdom citizens
The King's mission:
What is my role in the King's mission?
Living as Kingdom Citizens
- embrace the King's mission (more than just contributing)
- Luke 19:10; journal and pray through the life of Jesus
- participate in the story of human redemption (not progress)
- his people are invited to join him in fulfilling his chief desire
The King's mission: for God to be glorified
(2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 1:14-15)
- live "waiting ready," anticipate his return
- whatever talent = possession of the master; entrusted to me
Kingdom of God
(Matt. 25:14-30)
- kingdom is like a business
- your assets are visible testimonies that your Lord has work
for you to do
- blesses our God-centered work with his multiplying power
Be His
- didn’t give the same amount to everyone
- what the owner gives, matches the ability of the disciples
- we are able to accomplish the mission of the King
Be Different
- God calls us to faithfulness
- don’t go for excuses or delays
- the God who entrusts is also the God who expects
Be Faithful
Knowing and loving the master, the King of kings, makes all the difference while waiting for the King's return.
God has the primary speaking and acting part in the ongoing drama of redemption, yet he accords his human images the dignity of dramatic participation, inviting us to play our parts and, in so doing, to grow into them even more.
(Kevin Vanhoozer,
Pictures at a Theological Exhibition
, loc. 462)
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