more likely to create a friendly atmosphere than meeting in a room at the church. Food always helps! If the group don’t know each other, have them all briefly introduce themselves. Emphasise that people are free to ask questions and that questioning what you do not understand or agree with is good. Do not treat questions as awkward interruptions or people will soon learn not to ask them. Chinese proverb: “He who asks question, fool for moment; he who does not ask question, fool for life!” Introduce the topic and give a brief summary of what you hope to get out of the session. Expand on the question being studied, for example: Can we be lost again?—if it were possible to be lost again, then how could we ever have any assurance that we would eventually get to heaven as we cannot know what our future holds and whether or not we would be strong enough to hold to our faith under all circumstances. Involve the group in taking turns to read from the Bible as this will break the ice, make them feel involved and encourage them to contribute further. Be sensitive if you know that someone is not a good reader or has English as a second language and maybe offer them to read one of the shorter passages or miss a turn altogether. It helps if you all have the same version of the Bible if people’s English is poor and it may need to be a simple translation. The verses quoted in the book are from the New International Version. Use illustrations and personal anecdotes from your own experience to bring home the application of what you are studying. Some illustrations in the book can be repeated to make various points and repetition always aids memory, for example the illustration of Corrie Ten Boom needing to ask Jesus for help in forgiving a German concentration camp guard demonstrates how Jesus gives us his strength in the Christian 13
- Can we be lost again? - What makes prayer work? - How can we overcome temptation? - How can we know God's guidance?