Month: March 2017

2017-03-26

GOING DEEPER

THE ROAD | 03.26.2017 | “Am I willing to go?”

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Breaking Ground

What responsibility, as a follower of Jesus, do you have to proclaim the Gospel?

What are ways people can participate in proclaiming the Gospel?

How well do you feel our church proclaims the Gospel?

 

The Dig

Read Luke 9:1-6

Who provides in these verses?

What is provided?

What can we learn from these verses about proclaiming the Gospel?

Read 1 Peter 4:11

What can you derive from 1 Peter 4:11 and Luke 9:1 about where our power and authority comes from to proclaim the Gospel?

Read Luke 10:1-20

What similarities are there in Luke 9:1-6 and Luke 10:1-24?

What differences are there in Luke 9:1-6 and Luke 10:1-24?

Why do you think there are differences between the two scriptures?

Why are these differences important?

How do these differences apply to modern day Christians?

Read Luke 10:21-24

What was hidden?

Who was it hidden from?

Why is Jesus thankful for it being hidden?

What was revealed and to who?

What is the meaning of verse 22?

What did the disciples see and hear?

Why were they able to see and hear it, but not the prophets

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Proclamation of the Gospel in heart, thought, and deed is fundamental to a Christians life. What active part are you taking in the Church’s call to make, mature, and mobilize fully devoted followers of Christ?

2017-03-19

GOING DEEPER

THE ROAD | 03.19.2017 | “Am I willing to embrace the other?”

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Breaking Ground

Were there any “cliques” or social groups in your high school? What were they?

Were you a member of any of them? How did you know which group you belonged to (clothing, gathering places, etc.)?

 

The Dig

Read Luke 10:25-29

How well do you do with verse 27 (the “Most Important Commandment)? Where are you with loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?

How about your neighbor?

Why do you think the man asks the follow up question of Jesus (verse 29)?

What people—or kinds of people—are easy for you to reckon as your neighbors?

What people—or kinds of people—are difficult for you to reckon as your neighbors?

Read Luke 10:30-37

What is surprising about this section of scripture? What stands out to you?

What stands out to you in verses 33-35? What are all of the “stages” of compassion of the Samaritan?

What does this say about your attitude towards people and groups in your life that are difficult for you to be around?

Think about the “Others” in your life (people who are outside of your group). What are your thoughts about them?

How does this parable challenge those thoughts? What is the call to action here?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Think about Jesus’ question to the legal expert (“who was a neighbor to the man…?”): how can you be a “neighbor” to someone who is not a normal part of your life?

Look for tangible ways to embrace the other this week.

2017-03-12

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THE ROAD | 03.12.2017 | “Am I willing to let Him heal me?”

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Breaking Ground

Has there ever been a time when you have verbally committed to something in your life, but then only half-heartedly followed through on it?

What was it? How did it turn out? What held you back?

 

The Dig

Read Mark 10:46-52

Think—and listen—through the story carefully (maybe even have someone read it aloud 2-3 times); what about this story stands out to you?

Using your imagination, locate yourself in this story: are you Bartimaeus? Do you identify with the crowd, telling Bartimaeus to be quiet? Do you identify with Jesus’ disciples?

Talk about why you connect with this particular part of the story. What strikes you about it?

This healing story brackets another healing story from Mark 8:22-25.

In what ways are these stories similar? In what ways are they different?

Mark, in particular, often uses story “brackets” to highlight the information in between.

What happens between these two stories?

Why is it significant?

In what ways could Bartimaeus be considered a more “complete” disciple than Peter (8:27-33), the Rich Young Ruler (10:17-27), or James and John (10:35-45)?

What happens to Bartimaeus’ life when he throws off his coat (v50)? Describe it in your own words.

What is your “coat”? What have you been holding on to that might be between Jesus and something greater?

What would it look like TANGIBLY to throw this off?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Continue to process what might be holding you back from pursuing Jesus fully. As things come up, make a tangible decision to throw those things aside and embrace the path he is inviting you onto.

2017-03-05

GOING DEEPER

THE ROAD | 03.05.2017 | “Am I Willing To Let Him Lead Me?”

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Breaking Ground

Have you ever gone on a journey or trip and had NO IDEA what might happen?

What happened? How did it turn out?

 

The Dig

In your own words, what does it mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus?

In your own words, what is the difference (if any) between a “convert” and a “disciple”?

Read Mark 3:13-15. This passage describes Jesus calling some of his first disciples.

According to this passage, what three characteristics, or activities, mark the disciples of Jesus?

What do these characteristics and activities look like in our 21st century context?

In verse 14, Jesus refers to these disciples as “apostles”, which means “messengers” or “sent ones”.

What message has God entrusted with you with?

Where has God sent you in the past? What has been surprising about your journey with Jesus?

Where (specifically) might he be sending you?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Where are you at in the discipleship process at E3 (Make/Mature/Mobilize)?

What can you do this week to take a tangible next step in the process and in your journey?