Welcome to another night of Community Groups! Please lean into this guide as much as you need to; use this as a tool to help facilitate fruitful conversation, but please do not let this become a script if you do not need it to be. You know your group better than I do! The goal for this evening is to consider how listening to our communities and the individuals around us can equip us to bless them. If you can arrive at that destination with your group more efficiently with different questions, please feel free to simply use these as inspiration!
Name a time when you felt truly heard? How did that make you feel?
- Do you think that, as a culture, we tend to be good listeners? If so, explain. If not, why?
- What do you think makes a good listener?
- What do you think makes a good environment for listening well?
Read Luke 18:35-43.
- Does anything from this passage stick out to you?
- Describe the differing responses to the blind man in this passage. What do you think are the motivations behind each?
- Describe the meaning, as you see it, of Jesus first asking the blind man, “What do you want me to do for you?”
- It can be easy for us to make the job of loving our neighbors so vague and undefined that it becomes difficult to do. Dallas Willard said that, “The first act of love is always the giving of attention.” Who have you felt called to bless during this series, and how can you create opportunities to listen to them well?
- How can this group encourage and help you with that?