Equip Your Church to Hear God’s Voice
50 Days of God Conversations is a tool that equips everyone in your congregation to recognise and respond to the voice of the Spirit for themselves. The program is based on a conviction that hearing God experiences belong within the accountability and safety of the local church. It includes a 7-week small group video Bible study, leadership training and launch day across Sunday services.
The mark of the New Testament church is that everyone who chooses to follow Jesus receives the Holy Spirit and the ability the hear the voice of God for themselves (Acts 2:16,17). Although God speaks to each person individually, it is in the community and accountability of the church where we learn to recognise and respond to it. The fact that all have access to the Spirit makes it easier to recognise God’s voice. No longer is the experience of hearing from God is not relegated to the lone voice of an isolated prophet “crying out in the desert” as it was in the Old Covenant. God speaks to more than one person to confirm his messages, a process we see modelled by the early church (eg. Acts 10, Acts 15:28). This enables everyone to experience the power and creativity of the Spirit’s voice in ways that are pastorally safe and theologically on track. (Read: God “Told Him to Quit His Job and he went Bankrupt: Why You Need the Church to Hear God’s Voice).
Equipping your church to hear God’s voice involves not only teaching them about what the Scriptures say about hearing from God, but requires training them to talk about their experiences so that they can recognise and respond to them together. This also allows the hearing God experience to be placed in the centre of discipleship where it belongs.
The program lasts for 50 days (7 weeks – or longer if your small groups meet fortnightly) because these kinds of shifts take time. Habits and language need to develop, truths need to be processed, hearts require preparation and relational openness needs to form. After 50 days, your church culture will have started to grow in ways that sustain the revelatory experience long after God Conversations as a course is forgotten. The ultimate goal is to see mature disciples following Jesus and partnering with his mission.
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