12.09.2018 | “When God Said Yes | Wk 2 | Yes To Love”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite part about the Christmas season other than gifts? Why?


The Dig

Read Matthew 5:38-42. Now read this quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Have you ever witnessed a situation (or been a part of a situation) when a person responded to hate with more hate in return? How did it impact the situation & both people involved?

What about the opposite (i.e., someone choosing to love in response instead)? How did that impact the situation & people involved?

Jesus & MLK both believed that evil & hate win their greatest victories when people choose to oppose evil & hate with the actions, tools, & tactics OF evil & hate. Basically, that evil & hate succeed when we choose to fight them by becoming like them.

With that in mind, how should we oppose hate, injustice, & brokenness in the world from Jesus’ perspective (think of the Cross as our example)?

What role does non-retaliation & “turning the other cheek” play in this process?

End by reading Matthew 5:43-48. Jesus’ concludes his teaching on non-retaliation & opposing hate by teaching on “Loving Our Enemies.”

Who are the people you find it hardest to avoid retaliation against & extend love to? Why?

Reflect about what it would look like for you to choose to respond differently & break/change the cycle. How would it impact you (emotionally, spiritually, mentally)? How might it help improve the world around you?


Getting Out of the Hole

Commit to being part of the solution, not part of the problem. Take time this week to reflect on where you rely on resentment or retaliation in dealing with a conflict or negative situation. Pray about how changing your response to it could improve the situation & help you heal. If you are able, take one step towards reconciling that situation during the week & share about how it went next week with your group.