Spiritual discipline of Silence
God invites us to listen to Him.
But Only the silent hear and those who are not silent do not hear.
During a very difficult time in Israel’s history, God sought out Elijah, a discouraged prophet, to teach him something new.
The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a gr...
After the wind there was an earthquake,  but the Lord was  not  in the earthquake .  After the earthquake came a fire,  bu...
And the Lord God was in the silence.
Scholars struggled how to explain that God spoke in the “ sound of sheer silence ” so they translated the Hebrew phrase as...
But there was only silence. And in that silence Elijah met God.
So will we.
You may be wondering why these slides are moving so slowly.
It’s going to be okay. Take a deep breath.
So Scripture teaches us: God is not only in the wind. God is not only in the earthquake God is not only in the fire.
He is also in the “sound of sheer silence.”
Silence is actually a mode of activity – not just a refraining from speaking or undue noise, but a special form of attenti...
 
 
Silence is where God dwells … but … We are surrounded by noise.
 
 
 
The experience of silence is now so rare we must guard and treasure it …
Jesus knew the importance of silence.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where h...
Hear these words from Jesus for you: “ Come with me … to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
In just a moment, we will try silence without words. For 1 minute
We will begin and end our 1 minute with a chime.
Ready? Let God embrace you with His love during this time. Close your eyes and let’s begin.
 
Welcome back
In silence God has many wonderful gifts for us …
Silence centers us.
Silence brings us back to the basics, to our senses, to ourselves.
Silence makes us attentive to the world around us …
Silence allows us to “taste and see” …
There is so much to see … to savour … to experience … to delight in  …
Take in these next images …
 
 
 
 
Ask yourself a few questions. Ready?
If silence is difficult for you, why do you think that is?
What are the noises in your life that need to be quieted so you can hear God speaking?
What calls out to you from these words? “ Silence is the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept aliv...
Learning silence is so important that in the 4 th  century Agatho, a Christian abbot, carried a stone in his mouth for thr...
How many stones might you need to carry in your mouth to be silent and listen?
“ When you are on your beds, search your hearts and  be silent .” Psalm 4:4
Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on...
Let’s now try silence without words once again. Only this time let’s do it for 3 minutes.
We will begin and end our three minutes with a chime.
Ready? Take a deep breath, relax and you might want to ask: “ God how do you want to come to me in these 3 minutes of sile...
Close your eyes and let’s begin.
 
Welcome back
The Lord is in holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (That includes us) Habbakuk 2:20
 
Is it possible that you have been searching for God in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, and He is waiting to be wit...
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Silent sermon

  1. 2. Spiritual discipline of Silence
  2. 3. God invites us to listen to Him.
  3. 4. But Only the silent hear and those who are not silent do not hear.
  4. 5. During a very difficult time in Israel’s history, God sought out Elijah, a discouraged prophet, to teach him something new.
  5. 6. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountain apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind .
  6. 7. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake . After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire . And after the fire came a sound of sheer silence … 1 Kings 19:11-13
  7. 8. And the Lord God was in the silence.
  8. 9. Scholars struggled how to explain that God spoke in the “ sound of sheer silence ” so they translated the Hebrew phrase as a “still small voice,” or a “gentle whisper.”
  9. 10. But there was only silence. And in that silence Elijah met God.
  10. 11. So will we.
  11. 12. You may be wondering why these slides are moving so slowly.
  12. 13. It’s going to be okay. Take a deep breath.
  13. 14. So Scripture teaches us: God is not only in the wind. God is not only in the earthquake God is not only in the fire.
  14. 15. He is also in the “sound of sheer silence.”
  15. 16. Silence is actually a mode of activity – not just a refraining from speaking or undue noise, but a special form of attentiveness to God. Anonymous Author
  16. 19. Silence is where God dwells … but … We are surrounded by noise.
  17. 23. The experience of silence is now so rare we must guard and treasure it …
  18. 24. Jesus knew the importance of silence.
  19. 25. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35
  20. 26. Hear these words from Jesus for you: “ Come with me … to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
  21. 27. In just a moment, we will try silence without words. For 1 minute
  22. 28. We will begin and end our 1 minute with a chime.
  23. 29. Ready? Let God embrace you with His love during this time. Close your eyes and let’s begin.
  24. 31. Welcome back
  25. 32. In silence God has many wonderful gifts for us …
  26. 33. Silence centers us.
  27. 34. Silence brings us back to the basics, to our senses, to ourselves.
  28. 35. Silence makes us attentive to the world around us …
  29. 36. Silence allows us to “taste and see” …
  30. 37. There is so much to see … to savour … to experience … to delight in …
  31. 38. Take in these next images …
  32. 43. Ask yourself a few questions. Ready?
  33. 44. If silence is difficult for you, why do you think that is?
  34. 45. What are the noises in your life that need to be quieted so you can hear God speaking?
  35. 46. What calls out to you from these words? “ Silence is the discipline by which the inner fire of God is tended and kept alive.” Henri Nouwen
  36. 47. Learning silence is so important that in the 4 th century Agatho, a Christian abbot, carried a stone in his mouth for three years until he learned to be silent.
  37. 48. How many stones might you need to carry in your mouth to be silent and listen?
  38. 49. “ When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent .” Psalm 4:4
  39. 50. Do not be rash with your mouth, And let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; Therefore let your words be few. Eclessiasters 5:2
  40. 51. Let’s now try silence without words once again. Only this time let’s do it for 3 minutes.
  41. 52. We will begin and end our three minutes with a chime.
  42. 53. Ready? Take a deep breath, relax and you might want to ask: “ God how do you want to come to me in these 3 minutes of silence?”
  43. 54. Close your eyes and let’s begin.
  44. 56. Welcome back
  45. 57. The Lord is in holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (That includes us) Habbakuk 2:20
  46. 59. Is it possible that you have been searching for God in the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, and He is waiting to be with you in the “sound of sheer silence?”

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