By Cameron Silsbee 

Begin with prayer

Gather together as a Community in a comfortable setting. Take a moment in silence, in the presence of Jesus and each other. Have one person read Matthew 12v46-50 over the group and then pray to ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide your time together. 

Debrief the teaching on Oct. 29th

  1. What stood out to you about the teaching?
  2. What sorts of things make it easier for you to trust church leadership?

Read this overview

Jesus never intended for the church to be a homogenous conglomeration of individuals from similar backgrounds, worldviews, socioeconomic statuses, and cultural backgrounds. In the words of Paul, “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all (Col. 3v11).” Being in Community with others from different backgrounds and experiences is a good thing – but it’s not necessarily an easy thing.

Talk through the following discussion prompts

  1. Spend a bit of time going around the group and allowing each person to share what number they resonate with and something that seemed very accurate about them (have one person jot down who identifies with which Enneagram number).
  2. What stood out to you about last week’s Practice as you reflected on how God has made you?
  3. Notice what Enneagram numbers those in your group identify with and discuss how the group’s composition might impact your Community. 

Talk over this coming week’s Practice:

This week, set aside time to read about each Enneagram number represented in your Community. Remember the person/people who identify as the particular number and notice if anything seems to be insightful for better understanding the person’s behavior or motivation. Please keep this with an open hand – you could be wrong!

  • Does reading about this person give you ideas about how to be more loving toward them?
  • What tension points do you have with a person who identifies with this number?
  • How could these tension points be an opportunity for you to learn how to love more?

Close in prayer

End prayer by having one person read the Nicene Creed over the group.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.