Reading: Chapter 3 - Ministry to a Hopeless Man Once again we have some very real and challenging thoughts to ponder. In this chapter we will consider how can we minister to the heart of another - one to one. 1) Henri suggests that more and more people find themselves in a very impersonal milieu. They are burdened by life, and some feel they have no hope of receiving God's forgiveness. Naturally, many fear death, but more and more people also fear life. a) Does this description sound familiar to you? Do you see the way many people fear life? What is it they fear? b) Can you see the way our society is becoming more and more impersonal? Have you ever found yourself in a place where you felt that you were one among many, and didn't matter much? c) Finally, and most potently, what would it be like to believe in God, but feel that somehow you are beyond the reach of His grace and forgiveness? In section three of this chapter we have the chance to consider how we can minister to the many men and woman, young and old, living in this place. Most basically, Henri reminds us that it is through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that each and every one of us is invited to life in abundance. By caring for others the way Christ did, we share this hope with the heart of another. 2) Expressing true and personal concern for another, as Christ did, is the first way we can minister to another. a) Ultimately Christ gave his life for us, and Henri suggests that the Christian leader should have it in his/her mind to do the same. "The beginning and end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others" (p77). This is a powerful call - what do you think it means? What does it not mean? b) Surely we cannot give our life for all people at all times, so how can we develop the wisdom to know when and for whom to offer our all? c) What are some less, but still potent, ways of offering personal concern for the many people that cross our path each day? d) Can you share a story of when someone offered you true and personal concern? How did it change you? 3) Secondly, Henri calls us to maintain our faith in the value and meaning of life. a) What in our society tends to bring down the value and meaning of life? b) How did Christ demonstrate how much he valued each and every life? c) In what ways can we as Christian leaders begin to go against the tide, and affirm the value of life, both in our own minds and in our communities? 4) Finally, we see that "the deepest motivation for leading our fellow human beings to the future is hope" (p81). a) What does it mean to have hope? b) On what can we base our hope? c) How can living by hope be both frightening and deeply energizing?