In the sermon, Jarrod invited us to continue living into our identity as Easter people by embracing the new way of listening that the resurrection makes possible. But in those last two words lies the key: the resurrection makes possible a new way of listening, it doesn’t automatically make it happen. If we are to become people whose lives are characterized by a new way of listening, we’re going to have to make an effort, to be intentional, to deliberately cultivate the skill of listening well. To that end, I invite you to watch the following videos that will continue the conversation Jarrod began and challenge and inspire us to grow in our ability to listen well.
Questions for reflection on the “Deep Listening” Video:
1. What does deep listening mean to you?
2. Have you ever had an experience where you felt as if God or another person listened to you in a way that seemed extraordinary? Describe it. To what do you attribute your feeling of being heard?
3. What barriers do you send when you try to listen deeply to another person? What helps you to move past those barriers?
4. Think of a time when you listened deeply to God speaking to you. What helped you to listen? What barriers to deep listening did you experience?
5. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to listen to God, but has more experience talking to God, or maybe even feeling as if God isn’t available?
6. Do you have any concerns or reticence about considering deep listening as a spiritual practice? What are they?
Listening as a Virtue
Questions for reflection on the “Listening as a Virtue” Video:
1. Have you ever had an experience where you felt like you just needed someone to listen and instead they only seemed interested in advocacy, in defending something or doing something? Describe it. How did it make you feel?
2. What are some of the ways that you cultivate curiosity so that you can listen well to others?
3. In what ways does listening produce humility? Tell of a time that listening produced humility in your life.
4. In what ways does listening produce compassion? Tell of a time that listening produced compassion in your life.
5. What is one specific commitment you can make this week to cultivate listening as a virtue in your life?
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