(week 70) 2 May 2013 12-step Study Big Book workshop
We Agnostics. Page 45 from start of first paragraph: ‘Lack of power, that was our dilemma…’ until end of first sentence top of page 46 ‘…the thought that faith and dependence on a Power beyond ourselves was somewhat weak, even cowardly.’
Look up: dilemma, non-judgmental, will
Lack of power, that was our dilemma.
Underline lack of power and draw a star beside it.
Q1a) What does lack of power mean to you?
b) Write about lack of power over your thoughts
c) and your actions.
Q2 The Big Book tells us that we can have power from God.
a) Do you believe that?
b) Do you have that?
c) How do/did you get it?
Q3. Where do you get your power from?
Q4 What does a power greater than yourself mean?
Write down: trudging means walking with a purpose.
p.164‘We shall be with you in the Fellowship of the Spirit, and you will surely meet some of us as you trudge the Road of Happy Destiny.’
Q5. Are you walking with a purpose today the Road of Happy Destiny?
‘Lack of power that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?
Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course that we going to talk about God. Here difficulty arises with agnostics. Many times we talk to a new man and watch his hope rise as we discuss his alcoholic problems and explain our fellowship. But his face falls when we speak of spiritual matters, especially when we mention God, for we have re-opened a subject which our man thought he had neatly evaded or entirely ignored.’
Q5. Summarise and own for yourself these two paragraphs incorporating Stephanie’s sharing on them.
Lack of power is exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem.
That is a very powerful promise
That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral.
Q6 Separate moral and spiritual and define in your own words what this sentence means.
Q7. Think back over the last four days and give an example to God, yourself and your buddy group of doing something differently because your morals are different.
a) When you talk to a new person do you mention God?
b) What do you reply when they say ‘I don’t believe in God?’
c) How do you help them?
Q9.Write about what happens when you are afraid?
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