Read the Bible & Reflect: Ask questions of God around Psalm 1.
What was surprising to you?
Was there anything you saw for the first time?
Anything you want to ask your group about?
Read the Book & Reflect: Chapters 3 & 4 of The Pietist Option
How do you currently present yourself “to the Scriptures’ powerful influence”? Where or to whom can you look for ideas and encouragement to do so more fully?
Why do you think reading and studying the Bible with others is important, even transformative? Is this something you do? If not, how might it be beneficial to do so?
What are some key theological, biblical, and social issues on which Christians are divided? Which are essential to salvation? Which are important, yet not essential to salvation? And which do you think are a matter of personal preference or perspective?
Does “common priesthood” as Spener meant it describe your congregation? If not, where does the ideal get lost? What would it take to recover this priesthood in your faith community, and what benefits would that bring?
Pietists often use the language of seeking “God’s glory and neighbors’ good”. Do you think Carl Lundquist is right that “social action” flows out of “personal devotion to Christ”? How do the two goals of God’s glory and neighbors’ good relate to each other? Can one distract from the other?
Spend time praying with one another, as entrusted priests through Christ. Remember, there is no perfect prayer! Trust your community to walk with you in this exercise.