Proclamation & Response 2, The 3 C's
The 3 C's
We all learned in middle school science class that living things are responsive. Just as response is a sign of life, non-response is a sign of death.
This same truth that we witness in creation is true in God's creative work in our lives. The God we meet in Jesus is not content with just speaking to us. This God seeks to illicita response from us.
Once when he was giving a sermon, the crowd loved what Jesus was saying. They were so happy with what he said that they proclaimed, "Happy is the mother who gave birth to you and nursed you." (Luke 11:27)
They may have been satisfied with the sermon, but Jesus was not. He wanted them not just to hear it but to do it. So he responds, "Happy are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 11:28)
Time and time again, God's word demands response. "Let there be light, and there was." "Take up your mat and walk, and he did." "Open your eyes and see, and he did."
One of the most memorable stories of Jesus' ministry is when he met the rich young ruler, who heard God's words but wouldn't put hem into practice. Matthew tells us that he went away sad, like someone who has turned towards death. (Matthew 19:16-22)
To help us respond to what God is saying to us, we practice listening with the 3 C's. The questions are below. Use them in both your daily prayer and in listening to the Word read and proclaimed in worship. Let them guide both your journaling and your discussion around the Table.
The 3 C's
- What call from God do you hear in this scripture?
- What convicts you in this scripture?
- What confuses you in this scripture?
- Share prayer requests around the Table, both joys and concerns.
- Each person share what they are going to do in light of the call they heard in scripture this week.
- Pray for what was shared.