‘So what?’ is a weekly email resource for our deliberate and prayerful response to God who speaks his Bible.
Each week sojourners receive this general pattern together with some more focused questions or comments designed to help with understanding and applying the particular passage we explored in our Sunday gathering.
While it is useful for personal reflection, we primarily use it in our discipleship groups.
God speaks the Bible
Prayerfully read the Bible passage we read on Sunday to hear what God is saying.
What are the key ideas in the passage?
Are there any puzzles or difficulties?
What are some key thoughts from the Bible talk this week?
What is the main idea of this passage?
God’s words are relevant to us
Reflect on the implications and share a personal focus.
How can what God says in this passage shape:
- our beliefs? (truths to believe)
- our confidence? (promises to trust)
- our life? (commands to obey)
What does God say that drives those changes?
What’s the focus that you’d like the group to be praying for in the coming week?
Love shares the good news
Think about who God is giving you opportunity to love.
Which of your unbelieving friends can the group can be praying for. (Don’t share their story or break any confidences.)
Our Father hears our prayers
Spend time praying and responding to God.
Praise God for what you see of him in this passage.
Confess where you’re convicted & ask forgiveness through the sufficient sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.
Thank God for his mercy in Christ and for his Spirit who is at work in us.
Ask God to change our beliefs, confidence and life, echoing the foci identified by brothers/sisters in your discipleship group.
Pray for opportunities to share the good news and for the Spirit’s work in those who hear it.
Heavenly Father, please work in us by your Spirit as we hear your word such that we will increase and abound in gospel-hearted love for one another and for all, so that you may establish our hearts blameless in holiness before you, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
(Based on 1 Thessalonians 3:12–13)