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Silent sermon

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This a presentation that I used in a sermon on silence.

This a presentation that I used in a sermon on silence.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. Spiritual discipline of Silence
  • 3. God invites us to listen to Him.
  • 4. But Only the silent hear and those who are not silent do not hear.
  • 5. During a very difficult time in Israel’s history, God sought out Elijah, a discouraged prophet, to teach him something new.
  • 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 .
  • 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
  • 8. And the Lord God was in the silence.
  • 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.”
  • 10. But there was only silence. And in that silence Elijah met God.
  • 11. So will we.
  • 12. You may be wondering why these slides are moving so slowly.
  • 13. It’s going to be okay. Take a deep breath.
  • 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.
  • 15. He is also in the “sound of sheer silence.”
  • 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
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  • 19. Silence is where God dwells … but … We are surrounded by noise.
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  • 23. The experience of silence is now so rare we must guard and treasure it …
  • 24. Jesus knew the importance of silence.
  • 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
  • 26. Hear these words from Jesus for you: “ Come with me … to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31
  • 27. In just a moment, we will try silence without words. For 1 minute
  • 28. We will begin and end our 1 minute with a chime.
  • 29. Ready? Let God embrace you with His love during this time. Close your eyes and let’s begin.
  • 30.  
  • 31. Welcome back
  • 32. In silence God has many wonderful gifts for us …
  • 33. Silence centers us.
  • 34. Silence brings us back to the basics, to our senses, to ourselves.
  • 35. Silence makes us attentive to the world around us …
  • 36. Silence allows us to “taste and see” …
  • 37. There is so much to see … to savour … to experience … to delight in …
  • 38. Take in these next images …
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  • 42.  
  • 43. Ask yourself a few questions. Ready?
  • 44. If silence is difficult for you, why do you think that is?
  • 45. What are the noises in your life that need to be quieted so you can hear God speaking?
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 48. How many stones might you need to carry in your mouth to be silent and listen?
  • 49. “ When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent .” Psalm 4:4
  • 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
  • 51. Let’s now try silence without words once again. Only this time let’s do it for 3 minutes.
  • 52. We will begin and end our three minutes with a chime.
  • 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?”
  • 54. Close your eyes and let’s begin.
  • 55.  
  • 56. Welcome back
  • 57. The Lord is in holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (That includes us) Habbakuk 2:20
  • 58.  
  • 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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