The Walk

Bible Study: The Walk – Class 1

This Study Guide is from The Rev. Adam Hamilton’s Course in The Walk: Five Essential Practices of Christian Life.
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The Walk: Five Essential Practices of Christian Life

Week 1: Session Goals

Through conversation, activities, and reflection, participants will:

  • Accept the invitation to walk with Christ.
  • Affirm the importance of worshiping in community; and
  • Commit to a discipline of individual worship through daily prayer

Take Time every day to sit in silence for one minute.
Read and reflect on Psalm 95

1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3 For the LORD is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6 Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
7 for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8 “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”

Opening Activities:

  • Introductions/What sparked your interest to participate in this study?


  • What is a Christian?
  • What characteristics do you expect Christians to have in common?

From your reading consider these questions: (The book is also available in Audio Books. I have listened to it there and it covers most of what the book and the video cover.)

  1. Hamilton says he wats to walk with Jesus where Jesus wants him to go. How can spiritual practices like worship and prayer enable us to do that?
  2. What does it look like to be spiritually winded or struggling?
  3. Hamilton describes doing things together and doing as individuals.
  4. How are these related?
  5. Why are they both important?
  6. What is your daily prayer experience?
  7. Is prayer central to your life?
  8. Do you think starting with “Thank you God” can help us to pray more deeply?

Biblical Foundation and Discussion:

Reread the first two verses of Psalm 95 which offer insight into the community of worship in ancient Israel.

  • Do you come to worship with joy and thanksgiving?
  • Other feelings?
  • Is there value in coming to worship if you have negative feelings?
  • Why? Why not?

Read verses 3-5.

  • What does this tell us about God’s relationship with all of creation?
  • How does remembering this relationship help us to come to worship with joy and thanksgiving when we are approaching pain an in crisis?

Read verses 4-7

  • Why does the psalmist give thanks and praise?
  • What do these verses tell us about our relationship with God?
  • Why do you give thanks and praise to God?

Book Study and Discussion

Metaphors for the Christian Life

  • New Birth (John 1.12-13) (John 3.3)
  • What does this teach us about what it means to be Christian?
  • How does being born anew bring about reorientation?
  • Repentance (Mark 1.14-15) (Acts 2.38)
  • What does this teach us about what it means to be Christian?
  • How does this bring about reorientation?
  • Faith (Romans 10.9)
  • What does this teach us about what it means to be Christian?
  • How does this bring about reorientation?
  • What do you think of cultivating a “gratitude journal/list”?