We would love to encourage you to continue the good work God has begun in you as you leave one of our Colours events. One way of doing this is to choose a couple of like minded/hearted friends to meet with to go deeper. Going deeper involves sharing, praying and caring for each other. It involves authenticity, avoiding any pretence. Ask the Holy Spirit to lay on your heart who you could meet up with. He may surprise you. Bear in mind that locality and availability are important. If you are around through the day, it makes sense to join with others that are too. And if you have young children, it helps if there are others for them to play with. 

Sharing.......You can either  Read chunks of around 10 chapters of the bible a week, or go for bitesize, and focus on one chapter. You decide as a group your own reading plan.  The purpose of meeting together is to listen to what God saying to YOU  through the passages you are reading, and not for someone else. Each of you take the opportunity to share. 

There are also some questions below that you may want as a group to look at, picking out one in particular, and sharing what you are being challenged in.  This is about confession, rather than discussion. When we confess, we don't look at the why, how or what of our sin. We confess to to God and and ask for his help.  "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each others that you may be healed" James 5:16

Caring..... This is a wonderful opportunity to share what God is saying to you through His powerful word "for the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" Hebrews 4:12. You can hold each other you accountable in a caring way. This may involve setting up a WhatsApp group, where you can check in on each other during the week. This is not a bible study, it's not about discussing the passages of scripture and debating it.


Praying....Choose  2 friends/colleagues/family/neighbours that  you are going to commit to praying for each week at your group, keep their names in your bible, so you are mindful of them every day! And pray for each other too.

Try to keep to an hour, so it is more achievable to meet every week/fortnight.

There comes  natural time for your group to part ways, and for each of you to develop a further group. This is called the multiplication process. It is so exciting when others catch the vision, and you become part of “making disciples”. Letting go is always hard, but as you share  it develops our character, and you then pass onto others what God has taught you. 

There are no leaders in the group, so each of you get to share equally. There is no extra pressure on any one individual. Obviously when others catch the vision and you form a new group, you will initially be teaching them the process, and leading by example, but once they grasp it-and they will, they will soon catch up and you will all learn from each other.

It is not a counselling session-some may share in the group some difficult issues, where they may need further support either through a professional counsellor, church pastor or support group. You are their friend and you can pray together and care for each other, but if the group becomes one sided, you have lost the purpose of meeting.

We pray that you will be truly blessed as you read God’s powerful word, treasuring what He has to say to you and then stepping into obedience, in His strength. We pray that your group will have a depth of honesty and openness that leaves room for the Holy Spirit to move, and transforms each of your lives.

 

We are excited to hear from you. 

These are 22 questions the members of John Wesley’s Holy Club asked themselves every day in their private devotions over 200 years ago. They still apply for us today. 

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?

  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?

  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?

  4. Can I be trusted?

  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?

  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

  7. Did the Bible live in me today?

  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?

  9. Am I enjoying prayer?

  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?

  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?

  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?

  13. Do I disobey God in anything?

  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?

  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?

  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?

  17. How do I spend my spare time?

  18. Am I proud?

  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?

  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?

  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?

  22. Is Christ real to me?
     

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