What Does It Mean To Listen? • Alpine Chapel

There’s a famous line in Scripture that we seem to be getting backward. It instructs us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Instead, every one of us is tempted to be slow to listen, quick to talk back, and get angry in an instant. So what does it mean to listen, really? And why should we listen in the first place?

Check out Part Three of Alpine Chapel’s series, “Asking for a Friend”, and listen as Prof. Jeremy Pettitt unpacks a powerful truth: you cannot truly love your neighbor unless you listen to them.

TEACHING & DISCUSSION (45 MINUTES)

For groups process this weekend’s message from Alpine, spend time watching the message before you meet together. After watching, use the questions below to help get the conversation going:
  • Who would you say is one of the best listeners that you know? Why?
  • Finish this sentence: the area of listening that I struggle with the most is ______________.
  • Besides God, what person in your life do you need to spend some time listening to this week?
  • Was there anything that stood out to you from the message?

This guide is intended for online community groups who are meeting digitally to care for one another in this season and discuss the weekly messages from Alpine. Looking for a community? CLICK HERE.

GIVING (2 MINUTES)

Take a few minutes to practice generosity to Alpine Chapel by giving online. After giving, have somebody pray for generosity and provision at Alpine Chapel in this season.
GIVE ONLINE

PRAYER (30 MINUTES)

To conclude your gathering, spend some time in prayer together. Begin with a few minutes in silence, listening for what God might have to say to you or to your group in this moment, then share what came to mind. After a few minutes of listening and sharing, spend time praying for:
  • Eradication of COVID-19 and healing for those who are sick
  • Followers of Jesus to be a presence of peace and love in their neighborhoods
  • Wisdom for local, state, national, and global leaders
  • Any needs in your group

RESOURCES FOR USING ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

In light of what’s happening in our world right now, we want to be intentional about being in the kind of community that keeps one another believing. We live like COMMUNITY IS OUR DESIGN and the only way to do that is together. While we may not be able to meet physically, there are a number of digital and video conferencing options that can help us stay connected.
Many of our online community groups use Zoom Video conferencing. You can sign up for Zoom and download the app or browser plugins at  https://zoom.us/download.