In our ‘class’ people are gathered in groups of four. To share not necessarily a ‘testimony’ but an experience or a moment in which they felt God became in anyway possibly more real to them.
What is it about sharing in smaller groups? Is it the defusing of fear in an intimate environment? Is it the lack of competing voices in the group? Is it because there might be lesser likelihood of someone ridiculing or rejecting their thoughts, feelings, or ideas?
Whatever it is, it seems to almost always stimulate better discussions.
Point of the exercise – there are so many distinct ways in which people have encountered God in the past – through relationships, prayer, meditation, media, intrinsic longings, unique circumstances, etc.
Why is it that going forward we often only advocate a limited number of ways of continuing the journey with God? Ie. Read your bible, and make sure you come to church…?