Adult Formation Journal: April 27, 2018

Becoming Easter People: Session Four

In the course “Becoming Easter People,” we will learn how the first Christians lived into a way and a community that was grounded in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and how deep prayer can be just as important for us as it was for those first believers.

Learning groups meet on Sundays at 9:15 and 11:45 and on Tuesdays at 10:30 in the Reception Room.

All are welcome.

Readings for Session Four

Apr 29 & May 1

  • Acts 9:1-12:25
  • Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 4 (Optional)
  • Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapters 8-10 (Optional)

Outline of Acts 9:1-12:25

  • 9:1-19a Conversion and call of Saul of Tarsus
  • 9:19b-31 Saul’s preaching in Damascus and first visit to Jerusalem
  • 9:32-43 Peter in Lydda and Joppa
  • 10:1-48 Conversion of Cornelius
  • 11:1-18 Peter’s defense
  • 11:19-26 Mission to the Greeks in Antioch
  • 11:27-30 Antioch aids Jerusalem
  • 12:1-19 Persecution touches apostles
  • 12:20-23 Death of Herod Agrippa

Conversation Guides for Session Four

Understanding the Text

What did you learn about the second wave of leadership and membership in the early church?

Connecting the Text to Our Daily Life and Church

How have you been called by God to new ministries and roles in the church?

Letting God Guide Us through Prayer

How do you use prayer to discern God’s will for you?

The Four Stages of Prayer (from Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer)

Talking at God is the stage wherein I use prayers or sets of prayers that someone else has written.”

Talking to God is the stage wherein I go beyond prayers written by someone else and pray in my own words.”

Listening to God happens when my focus shifts from my agenda (which I bring to God) to God’s agenda (which God brings to me).”

Being with God is not an action like talking or listening, but rather a state of being. It is not so much what I do during my prayer times, but who I’ve become because of them… Unlike the other stages, I cannot make this stage happen. It must come as a pure gift from God.”

Learning Group Conversation Norms

Honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, shared, helpful, respectful, speak to the group

Learning Group Creed

I am beloved of God. I am on a faith journey with Jesus Christ that touches my heart, and I am grateful to be walking in faith with companions along the way. I don’t need to be right; I do want to be faithful.