Listen to the song "Movements" by Rend Collective
Here's the link "Movements"
Things to Ponder:
As a Simple Church Facilitator, think about your own journey through "The Wall" or Walls God has brought you through.
Share a story of your own "Wall", and what the Lord did in you through that experience.
Review: Have the group read 1 or 2 of these texts.
1 Cor. 9:24-27; Phlp 3:12-14; Heb. 12:1-6; 2 Cor. 1:8-9, 2 Cor. 12:1-10
1) Consider these biblical character who all journeyed through the Wall.
Abraham learned to wait at the Wall (Gen. 16:1-4).
Moses learned to wait at the Wall (Numbers 12:3).
David learned to wait at the Wall 1 Sam. 16 through 2 Samuel 1).
Hannah learned to wait at the Wall (1 Samueal 1-2).
Jesus learned to wait at the Wall (Luke 4:14).
2) Review Stages of Faith and talk about where you find yourself now (page 119-120 EHS).
Stage 1: Life Changing Awareness of God.
Stage 2: Discipleship / Learning
Stage 3: The Active Life / Serving
Often where the WALL hits.
Stage 4: Wait / Journey Inward / Deeper
Stage 5: Journey Outward / Serve out of my Inner Life w/ Christ
Stage 6: Transformed Into Love
3) At the Wall, the Holy Spirit wants to expose what St. John of the Cross cals the 7 Deadly Imperfections. Share with each other which one's are part of your shadow side (page 123 EHS).
a. Pride: they have a tendency to condemn others and become impatient with their faults. They are selective in who can teach them.
b. Avarice: they are discontent with the spirituality God gives them. They never have enough learning, are always reading many books (listening to podcasts, attending another conference etc.) rather than growing in poverty of spirit and their interior life.
c. Luxary: they take more pleasire in the spiritual blessings of God than God Himself.
d. Wrath: they are easilly irritated, lacking sweetness, and have little patience to wait on God.
e. Spiritual Gluttony: they resist the cross and choose pleasurs like children do.
f. Spiritual Envy: they feel unhappy when others do well spiritually. They are always comparing.
g. Sloth: they run from that which is hard. They are busy with the things that are not God's best, as a way of avoiding the more difficult way. Their aim is spiritual good feelings.
Talk about these.
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