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Week Three


Rocks, anchors and burdens


In week three we think of stones as the burdens we bear and the anchors that hold us firm and the hurt we hurl at each other.

SEEDS TO SOW: There’s an interesting tension and interplay between the light yoke (Matthew 11:28-30) and the strong anchor (Hebrews 6:13-20). Reflect on the role of strength but also lightness in our faith.

Read John 8: 3-11

What are the feelings that are aroused within you when you read this account of Jesus’ response to facing an execution?

Read Ecclesiastes 3: 5 (verses 1-8 for context)

What do you think this gathering of stones and throwing stones away means?

Read Hebrews 6: 13-20

In a world of false hopes verse 17 reminds us of the unchangeable promise of God. Discuss why we can hold to it as sure and steadfast?


SEEDS TO SOW: These are open-ended and optional prompts and are designed for people wanting to develop their own resources in response to the themes. Perhaps if you are using this material as a group you could use these prompts to inspire a time of prayer, or drawing, or creative writing? They are a short and sweet, simply a starting off place for you and your imagination. Tailor and develop as suits your group.