07.26.2020 | THEREFORE | Wk 5: “Therefore Trust”
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What’s the biggest leap of faith you’ve ever taken professionally or personally?
Reflect on the value for this week: “When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, we trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us, & we trust each other to bring their best to the community.”
How do you define trust?
What do you think it means to trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us – individually & as a community?
What do you think it means to trust each other to bring our best to the community?
Read Romans 12:9-12. Reflect on the role that trust plays (in God & each other) in each part of these verses.
Why is trusting God & people so crucial for a biblical community?
What role does trust play in love & remaining devoted to one another in love?
How does trust help us honor one another above ourselves?
What roles does trust play in serving the Lord fervently?
Why does Paul believe trust is crucial for remaining joyful in hope, patient in affliction, & faithful in prayer?
Close by reflecting on where you are currently finding trust easy & hard.
Where are you currently finding it easy to trust God’s leading, provision, & guidance? Why?
Where are you currently struggling to trust God’s leading, provision, & guidance? Why?
Where are you currently finding it easy to trust other people to bring their best into a situation? Why?
Where are you currently struggling to trust other people to bring their best into a situation? Why?
How can you grow in your ability to trust God & others in this season of life?
If you have extra time, close by reading through the “How We Live It Out” points in the next section.
Getting Out of the Hole
Take each week during this season to reflect on each value.
Trust – When the Holy Spirit is moving in & among us, we trust God to lead, provide for, & guide us, & we trust each other to bring their best to the community.
What It Means
Jesus’ teaching is not about avoiding pain, discomfort, or ill-fortune, but about how we respond when those things arise. To Trust in God is to rely on his promise that all things can be healed, redeemed, and made right. We release our desire to attempt to exercise control over everything, and place our ultimate faith in His leading & teachings.
How We Live It Out
- We abstain from judgment of others, and trust that God is working in someone’s life, even when it is not apparent to us.
- We choose faith over certainty.
Journal, reflect, & pray over this value. Note any insights that stand out or really hit home. Share your experience with your growth group next week!
To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James D. Hunter
Resident Alien by Stanley Hauerwas
A Community of Character by Stanley Hauerwas
The New Testament & the People of God by NT Wright
Organizational Culture & Leadership by Edgar Schein
Leading Change by John Kotter
Coming Up This Week:*
Sunday, August 2: Join us for the next week of our series Therefore, where we will explore why making room is a core value at E3.
* Please see mye3.org for details.