Unbinding Your Heart

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is Unbinding Your Heart really about “evangelism”?

Yes and no. No, it isn’t the ‘evangelism’ most of us have come to associate with this word. It isn’t about pressuring people about1 God. It isn’t about increasing our church’s membership. It isn’t about putting a new coat of paint on an old building.  Rather, it’s about taking our faith seriously. Yes, it is about experiencing a genuine connection to the One who created us. It’s about re-kindling our love for God and one another. And finally – it’s about what naturally springs from experiencing a deeper relationship with God which is the desire to tell others – in plain words, who God is and what God has done in your life.

2) Why is Unbinding Your Heart important?

Our world is full of people, many of them right outside our doors, who need to hear the very message we sometimes take for granted. It is important because not only do we need to be revitalized in our own walk with God – but because there are others who desperately need God’s healing and wholeness in their lives and we may be the very ones God is calling to help make that happen. Our church will certainly be blessed by Unbinding Your Heart – but more importantly, you will be blessed personally – and YOU are where it all begins.

3) What are the requirements for participation?

The level of your participation is entirely up to you. Each Sunday morning will be a culmination of the reading and devotional time of the week leading up to it – but a person will not have to have read the book or participated in a small group in order to enjoy or be inspired by our worship.

4) What are the requirements for participation?

The level of your participation is entirely up to you. Each Sunday morning will be a culmination of the reading and devotional time of the week leading up to it – but a person will not have to have read the book or participated in a small group in order to enjoy or be inspired by our worship.

5) How will children and youth participate in this study?

Youth who desire to may sign up to participate in a small group with adults. Children and youth will also engage in this study on Wednesday nights and during Sunday School on Sunday mornings.

6) Is there a cost to participating in the congregation-wide study of Unbinding Your Heart?

The cost of the books pre-purchased by our church is approximately $10 per copy. We are asking for a donation of $10 to help cover this cost – understanding there will be some who cannot afford this expense and some who can cover the expense of books for themselves and many others. Book payments will be collected when you register. Please make checks payable to St. Philip and note UYH on the memo line. If you’re able to donate additional funds that will help cover the cost of the books for those who are unable to purchase a book for themselves, it would be greatly appreciated. Regardless of one’s financial position, we encourage every member to take a copy of Unbinding Your Heart.

7) Multiple people in my household are participating in the study, do we each need to purchase a book?

Because the book includes the 40 days of prayer and journaling, you’re encouraged to purchase a book for each member of your household who is participating.

8) Can I be in the same small group as my family members?

When you register, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate the type of small group that you prefer. Some may be single gender groups while others may be mixed gendered. Some may include couples or family groups while others may be comprised of singles. Some may include people from various generations while others may include people from the same generation. Be sure to indicate your preference on the registration form.

9) Will there be a variety of opportunities for me to be in a small group?

Yes. Small groups will be meeting at different times during the week. You will have the opportunity to sign up beginning on December 6. Indicate the group meeting time that will work best for you. If none of the options are convenient, suggest another time and we’ll see what we can do to organize a group for that time. Once you start in a small group, we ask that you to stick with that group rather than switch between groups in order to establish a small group community.

10) Who can I talk to if I have other questions?

Speak to Dan Heyl, Cathryn Hewett, or Pastor Pam if you have additional questions or need more information.

11) What should I do now?

Registration will begin on Sunday, December 6 and continue through Sunday, January 10. Right now, you’re encouraged to make arrangements so that you can fully participate in this study and we invite you to include this whole congregation study in your prayers.

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