Most of us are used to being wordy in our prayers. We speak to God in prayer; we don't listen to God. But Christian spirituality has a deep history and tradition of prayer as a form of listening to God.
In this episode, Steven and I discuss how prayer is a way to listen to God, our "go to" forms of prayer, and how a person can best begin to develop a prayer habit.
How do we know what God is saying? If discipleship is about doing what we hear God say, then how do we know what God is saying?
For Christians, the most trustworthy and reliable source for hearing God's word is his word, the Bible. But for many, the Bible is a difficult, unwieldy, hard-to-manage and hard-to-understand book. It shouldn't be this way, though -- and we believe that God has given us his word so that we will be drawn into his life. We believe that God desires to speak to us through his word, and that we can develop sensitivity to hear what he is saying.
Join us for this conversation, where we discuss four ways of listening to God in scripture so that we can not only hear what God says, but also do what he says.
Download Steven's article: God Speaks: Listening to God Through Scripture
We continue our discussion about spiritual discernment in this episode, which builds off the textual discussion about Acts 1, 13, and 15 we engaged in last time. In this episode, we talk practically about our own experiences in spiritual discernment and offer suggestions and modalities for how you can learn to practice spiritual discernment with others.
How do churches, and disciples, make decisions? How do we hear the voice of God and discern his will? Discernment is a mode of discipleship, but discernment is best done as part of a community of faith.
In this conversation, Jeremy and Steven talk about why discernment is important, and share thoughts around how discernment was done through community, prayer, shared experience, worship, and scripture in Acts.
This is part one of a two part conversation. In part two, we will talk about how churches and disciples today can practice good, healthy spiritual discernment in community.
Jeremy Hoover makes disciples in Sarnia, Ontario. He also provides personal growth, wisdom, and insight coaching, as well as coaching for church leaders.