To reflect on how we have been challenged by and responded to the series "The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God. Having the Guts to Respond."
First, have any of you been prompted by the Holy Spirit this week? How did you respond?
Can you share any ways in general that God has been at work in your life through this study? What are particular ways you have responded?
Who is a Pinnacle Forum Partner who has been used to encourage you in the last year? Be specific. Can you think of a particular time when someone in our group has encouraged our challenged your heart?
The heart of the teaching in this series took place when Bill Hybels mentioned five "filters" he uses to discern whether he is truly hearing from God.
- "God, is this prompting truly from you?" Does this square with who I know God to be? Is it consistent with the attributes of God?
- "Is the whisper scriptural?" Is it really fitting with what the Bible says?
- "Is it wise?"
- "Is it in tune with my own character or wiring?"
- "What do the people I most trust think about it?"
Talk through each of these filters and be reminded of what they mean. Which of these filters is easiest to neglect? Which is foundational to all the others?
It is not too much to say that if these filters are not in place, then you cannot be confident that the promptings you have are truly from God. What activities do these filters require? What must be in place if you are to be filtering the promptings you receive?
If Pinnacle Forum is to truly be used of the Lord in the days to come, it is critical that we pray. Many times we don't pray or read the Bible because we just don't know where to begin. If you haven't thought recently about how to pray - - then review this post that summarizes the Lord's Prayer. Learn to use the Lord's Prayer as "handrails" for prayer. Think through the categories of the prayer and then pray through those categories in your own prayer life.
Likewise, sometimes we don't read the Bible because we are not sure how to get started. One exercise we can do is to choose a segment of Scripture (probably a shorter New Testament book like James or Philippians). Make it a goal to read that segment of Scripture over and over again. Study it. Soak in it. Each time you read it, identify something new. For more see this post, "How I Got Started as a Spiritual Leader." Perhaps you could make it a goal to read through Philippians or James 30 times in 2015?