This weekend I am conducting a retreat on the topic of my previous three blogs (When We Assemble…). It will involve three presentations, one on each blog topic. I am also providing resources for small group discussion of the presentations, though the first is a private meditation. These are simple and basic, but hopefully helpful.
Session One: What We Do For God, or Loving God When We Assemble
Text: Reflecting on either Psalm 116 or Luke 7:36-50, walk through these questions.
What am I and what are my needs?
What has God done for me? Make a gratitude list.
How do I approach God in worship?
What do I offer (bring) God in worship?
Session Two: What We Do For Each Other, or Loving Each Other When We Assemble
Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5,13-19, 22-26
What are some of the loving practices of the Corinthian assembly or what practices does Paul recommend for the sake of love?
What are some of the disruptive practices of the Corinthian assembly?
How do we love each other in practical ways when we assemble?
In what ways is love diminished by some assemblies?
What steps might we take to increase the love in our assemblies?
Session Three: What God Does For Us, or God Loving Us When We Assemble
Text: Zephaniah 3:9-20
What does God do in this vision of the future?
What is the response of the redeemed remnant?
What does God feel—God’s emotional life—in response to the presence of the redeemed? What is God’s experience of our worship?
What do you envision God doing during our assemblies? How does this affect your experience and attitude toward assemblies?