This was the very first meeting. Before Easter. I made this as a guide for the evening… but its just a guide, if the Holy Spirit leads elsewhere we will go there.
We had about 12 people. What came STRONGLY out of this meeting was each person felt safe to share. Each person, no matter how introverted, shared his or her view on scripture.
PLS note that while we more or less followed this, we did not stick to the time and we overran by several hours. Say NO to the tyranny of time. Literally no one wanted to leave. People enjoyed each others company and enjoyed the peace of Gods Presence.
The meal was a bring and share. Although I had plenty of ideas about how it would work, see below, in reality it was HIGHLY relational and it flowed. Looking over the guidelines below Im not sure how much of those small details happened 🙂
What was called a shabbat meal in March just before Easter became renamed Revival Meetings in May.
Shabbat Meal, fridays
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Preparation: Have order and paper and pens on a center table
Key message: What is your God given assignment and how can we help each other?
Talk about the journey, vision and order for to tonight
March 25, 2013 – April 2, 2013: – Passover
7:00 – 7:30 (Not the normal) introduce yourself. Give your name and tell us a bit about what your God given assignment is or what project or vision you have on your heart to do, or what you are currently doing. Big or small it doesnt matter. Mary was a home maker, she raised Jesus Christ – it was a BIG calling.
7:30 – 8:00 ”Snyder” Bible study – Break into small groups. Shabbat means rest… mention that we will read Hebrews 4:10 and Genesis 2:2
First, pray for yourselves and one another to receive revelation from the Holy Spirit
Read the verse, with pen and paper put it into your own words, paraphrase it, not using any of the words currently in the text, then listen to each person’s result in your small group
Discuss as a small group what themes emerged, ie… what might God be saying to us, in what way your life would change personally if you were to take this verse seriously? Share that with your small group
8:00 – 8:15 Communion after a few words from me
8:15 – 9:00 Share the Shabbat meal together. (Hopefully people will connect with someone else if they heard about a project or vision that they also share a passion for.)
9:00 Let people know it is 9pm and if families need to go, pls do so when you are ready
We now go into a time of prayer and invite people to stay and pray together and for one another
9:00 – onwards Open and unstructured prayer.
Pray for this and future events
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring other people – name them – to be brought in
Pray for revival