Cell group notesw/c 23
If you could be an animal in a zoo, which one would you be?
I know we’ve done this before but lets create an acrostic psalm together – that’s onewhere each line of the psalm begins with the next letter of the alphabet. (You can leaveout X if you get stuck!) However, this time, since we’re celebrating Pentecost, lets createa psalm of prayer and praise for the work of the Holy Spirit. Provide some pens andpaper, and then you might like to work in pairs, having shared out the letters of thealphabet. I suggest you read Roman 8:9-17 together as you begin to help you to reflectand remember how the Holy Spirit works. Be as creative and wide-ranging as you can!(In fact, if you like that sort of thing, you could decorate your psalm in colour). Whenyou have finished creating your lines, put the whole thing together and read it out.
This week we’re considering the 3
Commandment – “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”
And we’ve been doing it with the background of the coming of Spirit at Pentecost andthe beginning of the spread of the Good News of Jesus as the disciples were sent out tobe witnesses for Jesus.But in order to think about the importance of the name of the LORD – find up
and pray for the Lord to speak as you discuss together. Use Moses’ experienceto help you think about these questions.1.God reveals his name to Moses as ‘I am who I am’ – what does this mean to you?2.What other names of God do you find yourself using as you pray, think or talkabout him? Why do you use these?3.When you pray ‘hallowed be your name” in the Lord’s prayer- what does thephrase mean to you?4.If God’s name reveals his character, his nature and his activity – what willhonouring his name mean for you in the coming week?5.How do you think your cell group could better honour the LORD’s name in whatyou do together?
If part of that honouring is in ‘getting out more’ (living out his reality in the worldand not just in church), where do you need help to ‘break out of the zoo’?
(for those who missed the sermon- this means living instead in fullness in the world, rather than‘hiding’ in church!
Does the call to go ‘Deep and Wild’ mean anything in particular toyou?This might be a good point to minister to one another, laying on hands and praying forthe Holy Spirit to fill us all afresh.
Even when our main witness is as individuals, it is really good for us to be together as aChristian community in the outside world. How could you go somewhere outside yourhomes and the church, and be seen as Christians, living out the fullness of life that Jesuswon for us? Better still, can you invite some friends to join you? Talk and pray aboutwhat you are going to do.