I wanted to post a digital version of the new April newsletter of our Neighbors at Hawkins program. You can download it by clicking the link below
Monday, April 20, 2009
This past week we tried to take a few minutes to talk through the core values of Ekklesia Hattiesburg and how those values play out in our community practices.
Instead of putting up questions for you I wanted to encourage you just to take some time to go through 4 core values ( you can find them here). Talk through the ones that you connect with. Or maybe talk through the aspects of the values that you have experienced personally. If you have any questions about them talk through it with the group to see if you can come up with a fuller understanding of what we are doing at Ekklesia, or a fuller understanding of how you can more fully participate in those values.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This Sunday night we will be meeting at our normal time and place, but
instead of a sermon we will be talking through what this Ekklesia
Hattiesburg thing is really all about. So whether you come every week,
have only come a couple of times, or have never made it out, this is
your chance to come out and get some questions answered...Meet us again
for the first time.
If you are a facebooker, and who isn't nowadays, you can view the event here...
Monday, April 13, 2009
It was good to celebrate Easter with you all last night. If you were not able to join us this week, we hope to see you next Sunday Night. You can catch this last week's talk here on our podcast page. The career's small group will be hanging out at the Willis house this week, but for those of you that are in other small groups here are some questions to keep the conversations going.
1.) First take some time to share anything in particular you feel has stood out to you this season of Lent andEaster?
2.) We talked about how we as followers of Christ are not called to pretend that the bad news doesn't exist. Do you feel like this is a temptation for you, or have you seen this tendency in the Christian community at large? Share any stories you might have about this.
3.) Have you seen times and places where "resurrections" still occurs in our world?
4.) What role do you see us as "Resurrection People" playing in our world?
5.) How do you think you can personally reflect the good new of resurrection in your daily life? (at work, at home, at school etc.)
Monday, April 6, 2009
If you were not with us on Sunday Night you can catch the podcast here. Here are some questions that might get the conversation going a little bit.
1.) Can you relate to the disciples in this passage? Can you think of times/places in your life where the mission at hand is less important to you than your role or the credit you get?
2.) Do you feel like your church experiences in the past have tended to value the various parts of the Body of Christ, or devalue expressions different than there own?
3.) How can we be a people who embrace others (other churches,
denominations, political party, etc) with the attitude "whoever is not
against us is for us"? What does that look like?
4.) For some people the Priesthood of all Believers is this empowering gift, or others it's intimidating. What were your initial thoughts about the priesthood of all believers? Empowering or intimidating?
5) "Do you consider yourself a minister?" Do we tend to place more
importance on the work of those working professionally for the Church?
6) The Priesthood of believers is yet another representative of the upside down Kingdom as it "levels the playing field". What are the advantages and disadvantages of this for the churched or for the unchurched?