The Pietist Option: Small Group Book Study

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Introduction

In the late seventeenth century, when there was a rising suspicion among European Christians of faith that was too intellectual or too institutional, a movement flared brightly in response. Pietism is credited with warming the cold, bickering Christianity of its time, yet few know about it today. Maybe you feel as though we are in that same place now. Use this study guide to help you journey with a small group through The Pietist Option by Christopher Gehrz and Mark Pattie III, as we look to our history to see new possibilities for the future. 

This six-week study guide accompanies The Pietist Option. Each week, participants are invited to engage with a Scripture passage and 1-2 chapters of the book, and then engage with one another in conversation rooted in Highrock’s values (honesty, humility, hospitality, curiosity, and solidarity). The questions have been adapted from questions the authors themselves created. At the end of the study, participants will have a deeper understanding of Pietism and will be encouraged towards action in living it out in a new way.

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Reading Schedule

Week 1: Introduction & Introduction to the Group
Week 2: Chapters 1 & 2
Week 3: Chapters 3 & 4
Week 4: Chapters 5 & 6
Week 5: Chapters 7 & 8
Week 6: Benediction & Final Thoughts

Overview

We don’t expect that everyone will come to this study with the same background, or that we will land in the same places at its conclusion. We do expect all participants to commit to the journey together, seeking to hold fast to Highrock’s values of honesty, humility, and curiosity, while offering hospitality and solidarity to others in the group. This study does not exactly follow Highrock’s Centered: Moving Towards What Matters Most sermon series on the Covenant Affirmations (Summer of 2022), though it serves as a helpful tool for small groups wrestling with the practical implications of the sermon. Although the questions provided should serve as a guide for your discussion, they should by no means limit it. Please honor the Conversation Covenant. If you are using this guide with a group and can't attend one of the sessions, consider sharing a reflection with your Small Group members about what questions or thoughts the material raised for you that week. Consider creating a way people can share relevant articles, videos, or books that will help connect your group throughout the week and allow your meeting time to be more focused. Examples of this might be a Slack channel, a Facebook group, an email, or a text thread.

Discussion Questions