The Way of Love
Session 2: Turn
Background for Discussion
Like the disciples, we are called by Jesus to follow the Way of Love.
With God’s help, we can turn from the powers of sin, hatred, fear, injustice, and oppression toward the way of truth, love, hope, justice, and freedom.
In turning, we reorient our lives to Jesus Christ, falling in love with Jesus again and again.
“As Jesus was walking alone, He saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed Him.” – Mark 2:14
“Do you turn to Jesus Christ…?” – BCP, Page 302
Starting the Discussion
Tell a story about a time you got physically lost. How did you find your way again?
Questions for Discussion
- Tell a story about a time you realized you were spiritually lost and had to find your way back to God. What made you turn back toward God?
- Why do you think the Church sets aside the season of Lent for repentance?
- From Moses to Matthew, Scripture is full of people turning from their old life to a new life in deeper relationship with God. What biblical stories speak to you?
- How has God called you out of an old life and into the new?
Practicing the Way of Love
What is one step you can take this week towards the Way of Love?
Here are some ideas. You might list a practice you are already engaged in that gives life to you.
- Pray the Confession each day (BCP, page 79)
- Work on forgiving a wrong
- Read through Form I or Form II of Reconciliation of a Penitent (BCP, page 447 and page 449)
- Read Psalm 51 each morning or night (BCP, page 656)
- Practice the Daily Examen
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.”
About Learning Groups
Adult formation at Saint James’ focuses on small learning groups that encourage honesty, acceptance, respect, support, focus, trust, and confidentiality. Learning groups meet in the reception room on Sundays at 9:15am and 11:45am, and on Tuesdays at 10:00am. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether you’ve attended before. If you’d like more information, contact Fr. Randolph.