Month: September 2018

09.30.2018

GOING DEEPER

09.30.2018 | “How to be Human | Wk 4 | Sabbath”

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Breaking Ground

What is your favorite thing (or things) to do on a day off? Why do you enjoy doing it so much?

 

The Dig

Take a moment to quietly reflect on your normal schedule. Think over where you spend your time.

First, does anything immediately stand out to you? Where does most of your time go? Any surprises?

How are you at scheduling & committing to making time for rest?

One interesting part of the Sabbath is that it is meant to be both a day of rest & the ultimate goal of God for Creation. In the Ten Commandments, it is a day that is set aside for God to shape His people. But the Bible also uses Sabbath language to describe the world that God wants to make. One defined by direct relationship/connection with humanity, peace, care, & rest.

That means that Sabbath Rest is both something that God wants for the world & something that He is using to change us.

What do we learn about God when we realize that His Kingdom is defined by peace & rest?

What does that tell you about us & God’s purposes for us as people?

On Sunday, we were challenged to seek transformative rest or rest that changes/grows us. Do you feel that your time of rest is transformative or does it mostly just help you “get through the day”? What have you done with time off that makes you feel refreshed & changed in a positive way?

Remember, this rest is something we are called to pursue daily, weekly, & annually to varying degrees. Which of those three do you struggle with/succeed at making time for? What are some practical ways you can take a step forward in the area of rest moving forward?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to look at your schedule. Intentionally mark out time to rest each day this week & for an extended time before the end of the year. Try to use this time doing things that are different than your normal routine & directed at growth.

09.23.2018

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09.23.2018 | “How to be Human | Wk 3 | The Name”

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Breaking Ground

Did you ever get in trouble for “saying a bad word”? (You don’t have to share the word, thanks.)

What were the consequences?

 

The Dig

Read Mark 7:14-23.

On the one hand, Jesus is clearly focused on our hearts, on the motives behind our behaviors.

Read James 3:1-12.

On the other hand, what comes out of our mouths are reflective of what is actually in our hearts.

James uses powerful images and metaphors in this passage; do any of them stand out to you more than others? Which ones, and why are they powerful to you?

Have you ever used religious language—or just words in general—to try and control someone else, or just to “win”?

Why is it so difficult to resist this temptation?

Read Matthew 5:33-37.

What is at stake in our willingness to “let our yes be our yes.”?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, monitor your language. Focus on deep listening, and being slow to speak. When you do speak, try to not to embellish your language, but try to speak simply and plainly. In doing that, also set people free to be themselves. Release them (and yourself) from control.

09.16.2018

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09.16.2018 | “How to be Human | Wk 3 | Images”

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Breaking Ground

Have you ever gotten to know someone over the phone or online before you met or saw them? Did the way they look affect the way you perceived them? How so?

 

The Dig

Read Hebrews 11:1. How would you restate this in your own words? In other words, how would you define faith, and how is your life marked by faith?

What types of circumstances make it difficult for you to live by faith?

What helps you in those times?

Read Mark 9:17-27.

What do you make of the man’s reply to Jesus in verse 24? What does it mean to “believe and not believe at the same time?”

How do you see this in your life?

How does Jesus respond to the father, and what’s the significance of his response?

“Images” don’t have to look like carved statues of gods and goddesses. They can be anything that we use to “feed our eyes”, so that we can tell ourselves (often mistakenly), “This what God looks like, this is where He lives.”

Do you have any images that you’ve made in your life? What are they? What do you use them for?

What would it be like for you to turn away from them?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, strive to embrace the call to live by faith and trust in Jesus. Begin to notice what “images” you tend to make for yourself, and without shaming or condemning yourself, recognize them for what they are, and return to God.

09.09.2018

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09.09.2018 | “How to be Human | Wk 1 | Intro + Idols”

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Breaking Ground

Can you name the 10 Commandments from memory? Give it a try.

 

The Dig

Why would you say the 10 Commandments are important? What role should they play in our lives today?

What challenges do you face in trying to live them out?

Can you go one entire day without breaking one of them?

According to the Sunday sermon, you can identify an idol in one of two ways: First, who (or what) do you trust to fulfil your needs, in particular your need for affection or friendship, your need for status, and your need for security or power? The answer to that question will determine who—or, again, what—might be your idol.

Second, look at your calendar, bank account and passion: where do your time, talents, and treasures flow? Idols tend to demand those things, and in ever-increasing quantities.

In this framework, what idols do you struggle with in your life?

Why are idols dangerous?

In a practical way, how do you “turn from” idols?

Are there any ways in which you have learned to practice trusting God to fulfil your needs? Share stories and ideas.

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Begin to take on Jesus’ “yoke” from Matthew 11:28-30, and begin to learn “the unforced rhythms of grace.” Start by gently identifying idols in your life, and wherever/whenever you discover them, redirect your heart back to trust in God.

09.02.2018

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09.02.2018 | “Communion Sunday”

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Breaking Ground

Have you ever been grounded? What did you do, and what was the experience like?

 

The Dig

Communion, as a remembrance of the Jewish Passover meal, is a celebration and reminder that (a) we have a purpose; (b) we have some growing to do, and (c) we are free.

Read Mark 5:1-13.

How was this man “enslaved”?

What do you think his life was like?

In what ways can you relate to him?

Read Mark 5:14-20.

How does he experience freedom and mission?

Why do you think Jesus doesn’t let the man follow him?

What do you think this story says about our “wounds” and past brokenness and our mission?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

This week, what would it mean to embrace your freedom, live out your mission, and be willing to grow? Be as specific as possible.

Next week, we begin our Fall series, “How to Be Human,” where we will be walking through the Ten Commandments. Go ahead and read Exodus 19:1-20:21.