#BIGRead14: Week 6: Virtues

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Poem: Simplicity

Bible Readings

Colossians 3: 1-17 Set your minds on things that are above

2 Corinthians 1:12 not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God

Nibbles:

Last week the focus was on attentiveness outwards. This week, we are looking inwards. Discuss the things that we find really difficult in Christian living and trip us up (e.g. greed, overwork, pride, achievement) – all things that separate us from the love of God. Optional: If the group is not comfortable in sharing at that level, Read out the overview to ‘Virtues’ and discuss.

Main: Looking Inward

1. Read this week’s Bible passage

2. In this week’s Bible passage there’s an “imperative” (you must), which is urging you to do something. What imperatives can you group identify? (E.g. seek above, set mind on, put to death rubbish, get rid of, do not lie to one another, bear with, let peace, be thankful, teach and admonish, give thanks).

3. How do Paul’s imperatives help us with the things we struggle with in our spiritual lives?

4. In v 15-16 Paul speaks of letting peace, or the word of Christ rule or dwell. Meaning ‘to allow things to happen’. Discuss in what ways we prevent this, such as worrying, or not attending to the Bible?

5. Listen to this weeks poem and watch Stephen Cherry’s reflections 6. Hear the reflection from Calvin Samuel:

Chilled Dessert:

Read the poem slowly and meditatively as a prayer. If you want to discuss it beforehand, go for it.

Chox:

  • Colossians 3:14 calls us to clothe selves in love. Intentionally begin each day with the imperative of ‘being’ – what does it look like to clothe yourself with love – how will this affect your attitudes/actions during the day?
  • Set your mobile alarm 3 times for a day. Remind yourself to be clothed with love
  • Check out Brian Draper’s book Less is More
  • Begin and end each day with the Methodist Covenant Prayer: http://www.methodist.org.uk/who-we-are/what-is-distinctive-about-methodism/a-covenant-with-god
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