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At Sojourn Community Church in Chattanooga, TN, we are committed to helping you flourish with friends because life is too precious to waste.

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At Sojourn Community Church in Chattanooga, TN, we are committed to helping you flourish with friends because life is too precious to waste.

    Fasting

    Fasting

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on the benefits and practice of fasting. Here are some resources to help.

    Scripture for Reflection:

    Joel 2:12-13; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 6:16-18

    Life Group Questions for Discussion:

    1. What have you decided to fast and how is it going?
    2. How are you relocating your time, energy, and desire toward Jesus in prayer?
    3. What is fasting producing in your life?

    Resources:

    Helpful Thoughts on Fasting by The Bridge Church

    A Hunger for God by John Piper

    • 19 min
    Silence

    Silence

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on the benefits and practice of silence. Here are some tools to help.

    Scripture: 

    Exodus 14:14, Psalm 48:10; 62:1

    Resources: 

    Finding Quiet by JP Moreland

    Breath Prayers by Sojourn Discipleship

    • 20 min
    A Gratitude Journal

    A Gratitude Journal

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on a gratitude journal. Here are some tools to help.

    Scripture for Reflection:

    Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    The Process:

    Keep a daily, detailed gratitude journal.


    Write three items for which you’re grateful.

    Choose from the past 24 hours.

    Don’t allow yourself to repeat the three.

    Then sit with gratitude.


    Think about these specific gifts from God.

    Pay attention to what you’re experiencing (thoughts, emotions, body sensations).

    Thank God out loud for each gift.


    Questions for Life Groups:

    1. Would anyone like to share a particular blessing from this past week that was meaningful for you to acknowledge before God?

    2. How is this practice changing your perception of your circumstances?

    3. How is this practice changing your perception of people?

    4. How is this practice changing your perception of God?



    Interested in joining or leading a Life Group?

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    • 16 min
    Lectio Divina

    Lectio Divina

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on the Lectio Divina. Here are some tools to help. 

    Scripture for Reflection:   

    Joshua 1:7-9; Philippians 4:8 

    The Process 

    1st — Read — What word or phrase stands out?  

    2nd — Reflect — What is Jesus saying to me?  

    3rd — Respond — What should I say to Jesus?  

    4th — Rest — What should I let go?  

    Questions for Life Groups: 

    1. Has this practice been easy or hard and why do you think that is? 

    2. What Scriptures have you been meditating on and why have they been helpful? 

    3. How has God specifically spoken to you as you’ve meditated on these Scripture? 

    4. How do you see yourself changing as a result of meditating on Scripture? 

    Resources:    

    Dwell Bible App - https://dwellapp.io 

    Interested in joining or leading a Life Group?   

    Find out more here - https://bit.ly/2PBUXt9

    • 14 min
    Scripture Study

    Scripture Study

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on the Scripture study. 

    Here are some tools to help: 

    Scripture for Reflection: 
    Matthew 4:4; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

    Questions for Life Groups:
    1. What are you learning about God through your study?
    2. What are you learning about yourself through your study?
    3. What steps of obedience is God calling you to through your study?
    4. Is there any way we can help each other in our study? 

    Resources:  
    1. Finding Jesus on Every Page - http://bit.ly/Finding-Jesus
    2. Suggested book for both men and women - https://amzn.to/30e01pG

    Interested in joining or leading a Life Group? 
    Find out more here - https://bit.ly/2PBUXt9

    • 24 min
    Prayer of Examen

    Prayer of Examen

    In today's episode, Rusty teaches on the prayer of examen. Here are some tools to help:
    Scripture for Reflection: 
    Psalm 51:10-12 and Psalm 139
    The Prayer of Examen:
    1. Ask for awareness of God’s presence and love.
    2. Review your day hour by hour.
    - Thank God for every good gift (James 1:17).
    - Ask for forgiveness for sin and healing from suffering (Luke 18:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
    3. Look toward tomorrow with God. 
    Questions for Life Groups:
    1. Are you experiencing any challenging emotions as you practice the examen and why?
    2. How have you experienced God in these times?
    3. How has this level of personal reflection benefited you?
    4. How can we support each other as we continue this deep soul work?
    Resources:  
    1. Reimagining the Examen App - https://bit.ly/3oWCqE1
    2. Learn More - https://bit.ly/3tqVLR1
    Interested in joining or leading a Life Group? 
    Find out more here - https://bit.ly/3gXfpN9 

    • 19 min

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