Month: May 2019

05.26.2019

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05.26.2019 | “Y/OUR STORY | Week 5: Next Generation”

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Breaking Ground

What is the worst advice you’ve ever been given (think funny / try to be nice)? Did you take it? What happened?

 

The Dig

Read Psalm 78:1-8.

One of the central commands given to God’s People throughout the Scriptures is to pass along the commands, teachings, stories, & historical acts of God to the next generation.

First, why do you think the Scriptures place such a heavy weight on passing on the story to the next generation?

What does this say about God’s character & purposes for our world?

In this Scripture, the author seeks to tell the next generation about both God’s Praiseworthy Deeds & the rebellion of his own generation.

How do you respond to the idea that we, as God’s People, are supposed to tell the next generation about both God’s powerful work in the lives of our generation & the failures of our own generation?

Why do you think God wants His people to share both things with the next generation? How does that change how we share the story of God with the next generation?

One of the central themes of this series is that we must embody or hold onto a story of God that allows us to navigate & face the reality of our world.

How does passing on a story that includes BOTH God’s mighty acts & stories about our own failures in following Him help the next generation of Christ-followers?

One of the most important “cycles” in the Bible is the damage done when a generation fails to pass on the story of God correctly – both in terms of remembering what God has done & how they live it out in the world. It repeatedly describes the following generation as following in the brokenness of the one that came before.

Take a moment to reflect. What story are you passing on to the next generation about who God is & what He has done?

What story do you feel God is calling on you to share with the next generation? Why?

Consider the key parts of the story that we have discussed in this series:

  • Hope
  • Mission/Service
  • Healing
  • Forgiveness/Reconciliation
  • Helping the Next Generation

Which of these stories do you need to rethink/live out to pass it on powerfully to the next generation?

What is one step you could take this week to start passing on that story?

 

 

Getting Out of the Hole

One of the most important aspects of helping the next generation is to be a mentor or to seek out a mentor. The Bible is clear on that all people (no matter the age) need to seek wisdom & mentorship from others further along in the spiritual walk.

Take time this week to think about someone in your relational world who may be farther along spiritually (in biblical knowledge, wisdom, practice, etc.). Think about reaching out to them for mentorship or just to grab coffee.

Try also to think about someone YOU could help in your current relational world. Try setting up some time with them as well, even if it’s just to share your stories together.

 

 

Additional Resources*

The Leadership Jump by Jimmy Long

Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier

 

Coming Up This Week:*

Sunday, June 2: Join us as we start our next series 12 WORDS! We will be taking the summer to go through 12 essentials of spirituality & faith.

* Please see mye3.org for details.

05.18.2019

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05.18.2019 | “Y/OUR STORY | Week 4: Forgiveness & Reconciliation”

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Breaking Ground

Share a story about the last time you hadn’t seen an old friend in a long time & were reunited. What did you feel? What was it like? What did you do?

 

The Dig

Read Ephesians 4:22-32.

In this letter, Paul instructs a church dealing with conflict on how to live together as a community centered on Christ.

Throughout the letter, Paul urges the church to deal with conflict in a way that avoids anger, falsehood, & untruthful talk.

What role do these play in unforgiveness & resentment?

How do these actions/heart issues prevent a church from living in unity & being like Christ?

In verse 26, Paul instructs those in the church to deal with issues quickly – to not even let the sun go down without resolving what has caused anger.

Why do you think Paul places such urgency on seeking to resolve conflicts & release anger? Why do you think he uses strong language like “giving the devil a foothold”?

Read Matthew 18:15-20. This is Jesus’ teaching on reconciliation in the church.

First, look for overlaps between this instruction & what Paul is telling this community struggling with conflict. What do you see as being similar? How is Paul instructing these believers to live out Jesus’ teaching? (Ex: How does Paul’s instruction on releasing anger/bitterness/falsehoods overlap with Jesus’ instructions here?)

What role does releasing anger, bitterness, malice, & avoiding slander/falsehood in reconciliation?

In Ephesians 4:32, Paul closes by instructing his readers to forgive others like God forgave them.

What do you see as the connection between our own forgiveness & how we treat others who have wronged us?

How does understanding our own forgiveness from God change how we treat others who have done wrong?

End your time tackling the three major barriers to forgiveness from the Sunday Sermon:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Honesty
  • Humility

What role do each of these play in forgiving others & seeking reconciliation within the church?

Where are you currently struggling with forgiveness & how can Jesus & Paul’s words change how you view that conflict or situation? What is one thing you could do this week to start seeking to forgive?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Often, our resentments can go unseen until they impact our relationships negatively. One of the best ways to find unseen resentments is by reflecting on where your emotional responses to another person outweigh their actual behaviors in a moment.

For example, if someone makes a small comment & you feel high levels of anger – that might be an area of resentment towards that person.

Take time this week to reflect on & make notes about moments where your emotions get away from you. Think about why you are reacting that strongly & take time in prayer to weigh what might be going on.

 

Additional Resources*

Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven: Community Practices for Making Peace by L. Gregory Jones & Celestin Musekura

God and the Victim: Theological Reflections on Evil, Victimization, Justice, and Forgiveness edited by Lisa Barnes Lampman

Five Steps to Forgiveness by Everett Worthington

 

Coming Up This Week:*

Sunday, May 26: Join us as we finish our series Y/OUR STORY! We will be walking through what it means for the Church to successfully seek to pass on God’s Story to the Next Generation.

 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

05.12.2019

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05.12.2019 | “Y/OUR STORY | Week 3: Healing”

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Breaking Ground

Share a story about the biggest surprise you’ve ever gotten from someone else (gift, experience, party, etc.). What was it? Why was it so surprising?

 

The Dig

Read Luke 13:10-17.

One of the central themes of Luke’s Gospel is liberation. Namely, God’s real, present, & active work to set people free from bondage & things that keep them from living the life God intended for them.

In this text, Jesus heals a woman’s infirmity. In some translations, he refers to this act as “setting her free.”

Take a moment to think about life in the 1st century. What do you think this woman’s life was like? What struggles did her infirmity cause her?

In light of your conversation, what do you think the relationship is between healing & freedom?

Have you ever experienced a healing (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually) that you would describe as setting you free? How did it change you?

Next, look at the response from the religious leaders in this text. They rebuke Jesus for breaking the letter of the Law (not working on the Sabbath Day of Rest) in order to care for a human need.

Do you think this leader thought he was doing something wrong? What do you think led him to speak out against Jesus?

Read Jesus’ response to this leader. What stands out about how Jesus responds?

Why do you think Jesus sees their actions as hypocritical? What did the leader get wrong about his understanding of God’s will in this situation?

Have you ever been in a situation where you have elevated a rule, community expectation, or concern over what someone else might think over caring for a human need in front of you?

Jesus closes by linking this new found freedom to the Sabbath Day of Rest. What is the relationship between healing & rest?
Where do you currently feel spiritually, physically, or emotionally exhausted? What might healing & rest look like in this area?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

Reflect on the areas of your life where you feel hurt like you are being held back or where you just feel exhausted. Take time to pray about those situations & reflect on what is at the root of them.

Choose one such area & try to do one small thing differently. Approach it with new eyes & try to slightly change the situation. If it’s exhaustion, try a small change to your schedule. If it’s a conflict, try to change how you think about that person’s intentions. If it’s a hurt, try to talk to someone new about it & see what insight you might find.

Try this change for at least a week & write down anything that comes up in the process.

 

Additional Resources*

Simply Jesus by NT Wright

Old Testament Theology by Robin Routledge

Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament by Christopher Wright

 

Coming Up This Week:*

Sunday, May 19: Join us as we continue our series Y/OUR STORY! We will be walking through what it means to live out the story of Forgiveness & Reconciliation in our world.

 

* Please see mye3.org for details.

05.05.2019

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05.05.2019 | “Y/OUR STORY | Week 2: Mission”

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Breaking Ground

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever worked for? Why did you want it so bad?

 

The Dig

Stanley Hauerwas argues that the Church’s primary responsibility is to make sure that it lives out the Story of God in the world. He argued that when done well, the Church exists as a missional community because its very life together becomes profoundly inviting & transformative. It reflects God’s Kingdom & can truly be a “light to the world.”

In terms of mission, this means that the Church doesn’t do mission. The Church is mission.

How do you respond to that quote?

What do you think it means or looks like for a church to live out God’s Mission in the world?

Read Acts 2:42-47. This depicts the disciples living out the Kingdom Community after receiving the Spirit & declaring the Good News of the Kingdom.

What key activities stand out from this text?

How do you think the apostles & disciples living this way impacted how others saw them in the surrounding culture?

Think through the following activities in the text:

  • Devoted to apostles’ teaching
  • Lived out fellowship & broke bread together
  • Prayed together
  • Performed awesome signs & deeds
  • Shared everything together, sold property to care for those in need, & took care of the poor
  • Meet together in their homes AND in the surrounding culture (synagogue) with glad & sincere hearts

Think about which of these stands out to you most. How do you think these can be missional? Which do you find it easiest to commit to? Which do you struggle with doing?

Why do you think a community that embodies these attributes is so inspirational & appealing?

What role does invitation play in living out these principles? How do you balance living in a Kingdom community & inviting people into this new reality with God’s Story at the center?

 

Getting Out of the Hole

One of the central tasks of a missional church is invitation. Some argue that a church is only missional if it is inviting people into communities that live out the Gospel Story as their own story. This means taking part in the Acts 2 activities & inviting others to participate in them as well.

This week think through which of these activities you are missing out on & reflect on how you can grow in that area. Take one step in getting more plugged in & living out the Acts 2 life.

Most importantly, reflect on one person (your “one more”) that you can invite to E3 (worship, service, GG, etc.). Make the ask!

 

Additional Resources*

Introducing Christian Mission Today by Michael W. Goheen

Invitation to World Missions by Timothy C. Tennent

Bible and Mission by Richard Bauckham

 

Coming Up This Week:*

Sunday, May 12: Join us as we continue our series Y/OUR STORY! We will be walking through what it means to live out the story of Healing in our world.

* Please see mye3.org for details.