Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together
One Anothering, vol. 1 by Richard C. Meyer
Before You Meet
I. Meditate 3-5 times on James 1:12-26 this week.
- Start with prayer for yourself and for others reading the same verse, that the same Spirit that inspired these words would open your heart and mind to them as well.
- Then read (often out loud) and reread, stopping to ponder particular phrases or words. Go back to the same 10-15 verses multiple times in the same week.
- Taking notes on what the Word is doing in you is often helpful. If stuck, you can think through questions of the text like does this challenge me? Convict me? Does it promise me anything? How does it point to Jesus?
- After chewing on the Word, close with prayer, often turning the same verses you are reading into a prayer back to God.
II. Read Life Together, CH 4 (Ministry).
Highlight and/or take notes for discussion.
III. Read Meyer’s One Anothering, vol. 1, Chapter 4, “Care for One Another.”
Try to identify “care” and “cure” statements during your week and write them down to share.
IV. Watch the sermon “Not Alone,” below.
Write down some observations/reflections.
The Day You Meet
- Interact with the material: based on your written notes, what was new; what did you question; how will you apply it? etc. Did you see any of this going in in your week?
- Finding Connections to Real Life: Share the “care” and “cure” statements you identified in your week. How did/could things go differently?
- Prayer: Like Session 1, end with a “popcorn prayer.” One person begins, “Father of all, we lay before You these joys and concerns . . .” and then pauses. In any order, as thoughts come, anyone can add a brief petition, ending with the words, “Lord, in Your mercy, . . .” to which all reply: “Hear our prayer.”
This continues as the Spirit leads (it often starts out slow, builds, and then slows to nothing, kind of like popcorn popping . . .) until everyone seems to have prayed everything they are going to for now. Then the same person who began the prayer ends, “We pray this all in the name of Jesus, Amen.”