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Notes for 9th July

#soulhack (click here to listen to the talk)

Asking For Help

This Sunday we were celebrating the dedication of Harrie, Annabelle and Elizabeth.  The act of dedication is when we thank God for the gift of the children and at the same time publicly ask for help in raising the children – help from family, friends, church and God.

So, taking his cue from that, Dave talked about how a healthy soul is able to ask for help.

We started looking at Galatians 6:2-3.

  • How would you understand some of the terms in these verses, such as ‘burdens’ and ‘law’?
  • Look at verse 1 to think about the context. Has Dave twisted verse 2 out of its meaning to make his point?

Dave talked about three stages in asking for help – why they are good for our soul’s heath and why, if we find it hard, it is a sign of soul ill health.

  1. Accept that we need help
    • Discuss what this means
    • In what ways is doing this good for our souls?
    • Why might we find this difficult and what is the deeper reason? What is the ‘thing behind the thing’?
    • Dave looked at Romans 12:3. Does the context give us further insight?
  2. Being vulnerable – as we move from the internal issue to actually asking someone for help
    • In what ways is doing this good for our souls?
    • Why might we find this difficult and what is the deeper reason? What is the ‘thing behind the thing’?
    • Dave looked Ephesians 4:14-15.  Again, does the context of the wider chapter give us any more ideas of how this might work in our lives?
  3. Receiving help
    • Dave talked about the difference between earning and paying back help and receiving it as grace.
    • How would you explain the idea of grace to someone who had never been around church?
    • In what ways is doing this good for our souls?
    • Dave mentioned that ‘love doesn’t keep score’ from 1 Corinthians 13:5.  How does the whole passage about love in 1 Corinthians 13 help us understand the idea of the ‘Law of Christ’ from Galatians 6:2?
    • Why might we find this difficult and what is the deeper reason? What is the ‘thing behind the thing’?
    • How might this idea shape a community? Where would be the places that we’d experience change and what tension might it cause?

 

Dave described the above as the ‘Beginner’s Class’ of Asking For Help.

  • Why was this?  In this class, what is the fundamental reason that leads us to ask for help?
  • What could we do this week to push into this idea?

 

He finished by talking about the ‘Advanced Class’ – where we live our life in a state of constantly asking for help.

  • What did he mean by this?  He linked it to Jesus’ statement in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
  • What would this look like in different areas of our life?
  • How do we connect to this both out of emotions and needs and by the rhythm of our life?
  • What could we do this week to push into this idea?

 

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Posted on 10th July 2017
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