Craig Mitchell wrote this study in 2001, originally as a lenten study to prepare people for worship during the lenten period. I remember using this a few years ago and how useful the process that the study uses was, and still is for bible study.
The process involves three steps, My Story (focusing on myself), God’s Story (focus on the bible) and Our Story (focus on the world). The studies are no longer available in printed form, however he has just released them on his blog for download in pdf format.
Water is an essential part of our daily lives. We use it for drinking, bathing,washing, cooking, watering gardens and crops, and more. Water is also one of the biblical symbols for the Holy Spirit – cleansing us, filling us, refreshing us.
God’s presence in our lives is like fresh water. These studies explore God’s call to us to travel to new life and a hope-filled future. The water represents the gracious presence of God which guides, sustains and refreshes us. Our God who calls is always a God who equips us for the journey ahead.
The studies will allow people to explore what it means to be the people of God today – in our homes, in our towns, in our world. Through these studies you are invited to journey with the people of Israel in the Old Testament, and to journey with Jesus in John’s Gospel.
As we listen for God’s call, we are invited to reflect on the journey of our own lives, and to discover God’s purpose for our lives in a new way. As we look at what it means to journey with God, will will also ask what it means for us to help others discover Jesus Christ as the source of life-giving water.
You are invited to look at where youhave come from as a church and to ask questions about where you are heading together. May this be a great time of listening to God’s Spirit, looking at the needs in our towns, and encouraging each other’s gifts for ministry.
Link : Water For The Journey (pdf file)
Link : Craig Mitchell”s Blog