Logopraxis Life Groups: Experiencing the Lord in Our Midst

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The structure of the Logopraxis Life Group meeting is based on a series of rounds designed to allow for only one person to speak at any given time without interruption from others. This structure is designed to promote a way of being with others that places people’s experience of the Word working in their life at the centre of their interactions within the group.  From its inception, Logopraxis has been an experiment in HOW TO BE, with the Word, and with others through a shared experience of the Word. It is the practice of the Word that brings everything into connection with everything else. The Lord, in the Gospels, declared that, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Matt. 18:20. By the Lord’s name is meant the Word, for the Lord is the Word (AC 5502; Jn 1:1). The design of the Logopraxis meeting, through its use of the round, looks to support this truth through providing a minimalist framework i.e. conditions with as few distractions as possible so that the Lord’s presence can be experienced in those things people share that have come out of their work with the Word.

To experience the Lord’s presence “in the midst” is to share in the lived experience of the Word working in people’s lives. It is this lived experience of the Word, when shared with others, that serves as the soul or life of the group when the group is seen as a collective person. As each individual brings the gift of their life with the Word and places it upon the altar of receptive hearts it is received by the Lord within each and every member of the group, who, through apportioning to each according to their need and capacity to receive, is made known in their midst.

Maintaining a focus on only sharing our life in the Word is vital to this unfolding of the Lord in our midst. It is vital that people’s sharing remains experiential and doesn’t cross over into intellectual speculation or theoretical discussion about doctrinal matters that sit outside their direct experience of the Text. The use of rounds is helpful in this regard for it limits the tendency to engage in discussion and crosstalk and therefore helps maintain the integrity of Logopraxis where the focus is on building a sense of connection with the Word and others based solely on sharing the direct experience of the Word working within the mind.

 

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