Welcome | Summer Intensive 2020

We are so glad  that you have chosen to join in this 8-week experience designed to deepen our relational connection with one another and develop us into men and women who walk intimately with God. Throughout the week you will experience 3 major elements:


Main Sessions + Discussion Groups on Thursday evenings | 7:00PM

These sessions include worship, testimonies, and a teaching. Each session will be live-streamed and will include discussion questions and prompts for group discussion. Discussion groups will be set up through your individual church location. The links for the weekly streaming videos are in the weekly groupings below.


Life Group at Various Times through the week

Your local church will determine the content for your life group, based on the content presented in the Main Session Intensive, Sunday Gatherings or any content the church decides will bless and equip you. Weekly challenges will be presented each week designed to help you put what you're learning into practice.


Workshops on Sunday evenings | 7:00PM

H2O staff from throughout the Network will offer workshops on topics related to the overarching theme of hearing from God. A list of available workshops will be provided each week below so that you can sign up and receive the details of how to join virtually. Workshops will not be recorded and will be unavailable outside of the workshop time. We are asking that each participant plan to attend at least 3 workshops through the course of the intensive.


For up-to-date announcements and conversation, join the Summer Intensive Facebook Group.

Weekly Main sessions

Below you will find the links to the main sessions, discussion questions, the weekly challenge, and a list of workshops that are being offered each week. Items will be posted as they become available. If you are still interested in joining a weekly discussion group, please sign up with your individual church location. You can find a listing of locations here.

  • Week 1 | June 4-7

    Thursday, June 4 @ 7pm | Main Session 

    Speaker: Vivake Baranwal | The Ohio State University

    We hear God through the WORD



    Group Discussion Questions:

    1. Is there anything that stuck out to you from the session tonight? Any way you think God may be trying to get your attention?
    2. The Greeks valued the Logos as a source of wisdom. Where do you tend to go first when you have a question or need wisdom? Why is that? 
    3. Hebrews 1 says that God has spoken to us through Jesus. What is something Jesus said or did that gives you a picture of what God is like? 
    4. Tim 3 talks about how Scripture is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteousness. When have u read Scripture and allowed it to change the way you think/live? 
    5. Vivake brought up ways to “allow the Word to get into us”, such as memorizing the Drage 99, using a resource to help you study the Bible, and making time to be in the Word. What is one way we can help each other be gripped by the Word together this summer?

    Weekly Challenge: Take part in memorizing the Drage 99

  • Week 2 | June 11-14

    Thursday, June 11 @ 7pm | Main Session 

    Speaker: Eric Asp | Kent State University

    We hear God through the HOLY SPIRIT

    Similar to the week on “Scripture”, this is a foundational week for the rest of the Summer. Jesus said it was better for Him to leave and for the Holy Spirit to come because the Spirit would provide so much and speak to us. You could start by explaining who the Holy Spirit is through Scripture. But hopefully, the saints walk away having a greater sense of who He is, and how to discern in the Spirit is speaking to them.




    Group Discussion Questions:

    1. What are your preconceived notions about the Holy Spirit? Do you feel more like Christians around you talk about the Holy Spirit all the time, or that they never talk about the Holy Spirit? Why do you think there’s such a sharp distinction between these two camps?
    2. Which translation of “Paraclete” seems most meaningful to you this week? Some possibilities include: Advocate, Defender, Intercessor, Helper, Comforter, Counselor. Why do you feel that aspect of the Holy Spirit’s presence is meaningful?
    3. What have been some helpful practices that you’ve discovered to help you meaningfully practice the presence of God? How can you lend your experience to others and borrow from the experiences of others to all experience deeper fellowship in the Spirit?

    Weekly Challenge: Spend at least an hour in the coming week practicing one of the spiritual disciplines to practice the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life.

  • Week 3 | June 18-21

    Thursday, June 18 @ 7pm | Main Session 

    Speaker: Kevin Cody | Indiana University

    We hear God through EVANGELISM (living out the mission of God)

    Throughout Acts, there are 4x that it explicitly mentions that the Holy Spirit spoke and directed people to do something. And each time it involved an evangelistic step of faith. When God’s people are engaged in advancing God’s Kingdom, there seems to be a higher likelihood that we would hear from God. So what does it look like to hear from God as we do evangelism? And how can we submit to what God is leading us to do, instead of submitting to our own fears and the tactics of the enemy to discourage us?




    Group Discussion Questions:

    1. What are the most challenging (intimidating, overwhelming, etc.) things you think about when you think about talking to someone else about Jesus?
    2. Why would it be worth it to do so?
    3. How can the other people in this discussion help you overcome some of the obstacles?
    4. How can God help you overcome some of the obstacles?

    Weekly Challenge: Carve out some meaningful time (sit) to ask God (listen) who He would have you tell about Jesus this week, and who can team up with you to do so. Then talk to them about Jesus (respond)!

  • WEEK 4 | June 25-28

    Thursday, June 25 @ 7pm | Main Session

    Speaker: Jon Shah | The Ohio State University

    We hear God through COMMUNITY

    God often seems to speak through other people to us. Maybe it's through an individual we are connecting with, or through our confession during a small group, or through a communal time of worship. But God seems to regularly speak through people, to people. So how can we discern the voice of God within the voice of men & women?



    Group Discussion Questions:

    1. What are some examples from your life of God speaking to you through other people?

    2. What keeps you from having “ears to hear”?

    3. What are some areas of your life that are more difficult to seek input about?

    4. Would you say that you currently have trusted mentors in your life?  What are some ways that you could pursue more relationships like these?

    5. Do you struggle to discern which voices are “from the Lord”?  What has helped you in this area?

    Weekly Challenge: Go ask someone for advice about a spiritual area of your life this week.

    Advanced Version - Go to a trusted friend and mentor and ask…. What is one thing you think I need to hear?

  • Week 5 | July 2-5

    Thursday, July 2 @ 7pm | Main Session

    Speaker: Matt Olszewski | University of Toledo

    We hear God through our SUFFERING

    God often speaks loudly in the midst of our suffering. In fact, God often seems to speak loudest in the midst of our suffering. But how do we tune our hearts to hear His voice in the thick of suffering, when there are other voices that also seem to be so loud?



    Group Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you know for certain you trust about God that is true?
    2. What do you visualize and admit as being your worst fear? If you can answer, how do you visualize what your response to that fear would be? It’s ok to be honest here.
    3. Is there a next step you can take in building relational intimacy with God?
    4. What honest prayers do you need to have with the Lord concerning potential suffering?

    Weekly Challenge: Display your truth about God somewhere; Add a TRUTH about Go to your collection; Tell someone outside of H2O your truth about God


    NO Workshops this week. Enjoy your July 4th Holiday!

  • Week 6 | July 9-12

    Thursday, July 9 @ 7pm | Main Session    

    Speaker: Darryl Phillips | Wright State University

    We hear God through our SILENCE & SOLITUDE

    God can speak to us at any time, anywhere, through any means. But there seems to be a higher likelihood of hearing God when we remove distractions and getaway to be with Him. What is the value of silence & solitude, and how do we cultivate this sort of lifestyle in a culture that doesn’t seem to value it? 


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    Sunday, July 12 @ 7pm | Workshops:  TBA

  • Week 7 | July 16-19

    Thursday, July 16 @ 7pm | Main Session

    Speaker: Grant Rohlfer | University of Cincinnati

    We hear God through our OBEDIENCE

    There will probably be times when we feel like we cannot hear from God. No matter how much we seek to live out the content of the previous weeks, we may feel a palpable silence. What do we do then? Through our faithful & worshipful obedience, God can speak not only to us but through us. There is value in persisting in righteousness, no matter how long it takes, because God is speaking.


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    Sunday, July 19 @ 7pm | Workshops: TBA

  • Week 8 | July 23-26

    Thursday, July 2 @ 7pm | Main Session

    Speaker: Matthew McClure | Bowling Green State University

    We hear God through our REMEMBRANCE & CELEBRATION

    Throughout scripture, God often calls His people to remember what He has done, and celebrate. This habit helps us remember how God has spoken, and engrain within our heart & mind that God delights to speak to us. It cultivates trust in our relationship with the Lord and softens our heart to be sensitive to Him speaking.


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    Sunday, July 26 @ 7pm | Workshops:  TBA