Quick to Listen.

On Sunday we talked about the importance of listening to others. We want people to listen to us.  Therefore, following the golden rule (Matthew 7:12) we listen to others. This is important in all our relationships. This is especially important for our relationships with people who don’t yet have faith.

But it’s not just the golden rule that teaches us to listen. Consider this passage from James.   

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20

Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Slow to become angry. Wouldn’t it be great if this was our reputation at St. Paul’s Church? I’ve seen tremendous progress in our community in this area. But I think we all (including myself) can do better.  

 

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Living in 3D, Discover Stories: Small Group Discussion Questions.

Some of our small groups will be reviewing and applying Sunday’s message each week in their study and discussion. This blog is for them. But even if your group is studying something else, you may want to ask yourselves these questions for your own benefit. This blog is for you, too. 

Sermon Recap:  Living in 3D. We are called to Share Christ.  How do we do that?  We live in 3D: We develop friendships, we discover stories, and we discern next steps. This week we talked about discovering people’s stories.  We do this by listening.  Here’s a simple four step process to listening well. 

  1. Eliminate distractions.  
  2. Pay attention.  
  3. Ask Questions.  
  4. Paraphrase back what you heard. 

People are looking to share their life story with a person of faith who listens well.  Let’s be that person. 

Here’s a few suggested Discussion Questions.

  • Who is the best listener you know?  What makes them a good listener?
  • When someone really listens to you how does that make you feel?
  • Is this four step listening process new to you or have you heard it (ha-ha) before?

Here’s a few suggested Application Questions.

  • Which step or steps of listening well do you have the most trouble with?  What can you do to get better?
  • Which person or persons are you going to focus on listening to this week?

Living in 3D: Small Group Questions.

Some of our small groups will be reviewing and applying Sunday’s message each week in their study and discussion. This blog is for them. But even if your group is studying something else, you may want to ask yourselves these questions for your own benefit. This blog is for you, too.

 

Sermon Recap:  Living in 3D. We are called to Share Christ.  How do we do that?  We live in 3D: We develop friendships, we discover stories, and we discern next steps. Developing friendships opens the door to sharing Christ. Friendships are natural; we all have them and it’s natural to share good things with our good friends. Friendships are personal; we listen to our friends because we know they have our best interests at heart. 

 

Here’s one suggested Discussion question:

  • Who first shared Christ with you?  Share with your group. 

 

Here are some suggested Application Related questions: 

  • Question One:  Too busy?  What are three things you’re going to stop doing this spring?  Share with your group.
  • Question Two: Have some friends who don’t know Jesus?  Which of these friendships would you like to develop this spring?  Share with your group. 
  • Question Three: Don’t know any people who don’t know Jesus? What hobby are you going to pursue to have some fun and meet new people? Share with your group.  

This Week at St. Paul’s!

Happy Monday, Everyone! 

There are a couple things you all should be aware of this week. Here’s the run-down.

Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday, February 22nd, is Ash Wednesday, and we will have a service at 7PM in the chapel. We hope you can join us!

Giving Envelopes: As Ken Buch mentioned on Sunday, we have Giving Envelopes! Yay! By using the envelopes, you have several options for making an offering. Check them out. 

St. Paul’s Online: We’ve got a new website up and running a few months ago, and we’d like to encourage you all to take full advantage of it. 

  • Our Church Directory: If you log in you can find other St. Paul’s people and their contact info easily. Just click on “My Account” on the homepage. 
  • Sermons: If you miss a Sunday, you can listen to or download sermons here. From our homepage, just click the sermon box at the bottom of the page. 
  • Blog: Like the sermons, you can easily access St. Paul’s Blog from our home page. Just click the box at the bottom of the page. 

Have a great week! God bless! 

 


New Sermon Series: Living in 3D.

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This weekend we’ll be starting a new three week sermon series. It’s called Living in 3D, and it’s a how-to series on Sharing Christ.

A lot of folks are uncomfortable with the idea of sharing Christ.  This series will help clear up some confusion on what Sharing Christ really means. Don’t worry. We’re not talking about open air preaching, giving tracts to strangers, arguing with family and friends, or boasting about how great our lives are with God.

And a lot of folks feel ill-equipped with the idea of sharing Christ. This series will give us a simple, biblical approach we can all use to share our faith.  Sharing Christ is not rocket science. And we’re not going for the latest fads here at St. Paul’s. We’ll be using a simple approach the church has used for thousands of years.

 I hope that by the end of this series we all are comfortable and equipped to share our faith with those around us.  After all it’s part of our mission as a church: Loving God, Loving Neighbors, Sharing Christ, Building Believers.