Lent 2016 ~ Week 5: John Bell
Week 5 Instructions & Discussion Questions
If you’re meeting in a group, please open in prayer. Next go ahead and watch the video, week. Following the video, read the questions and quotes provided to prompt discussion but to also help people identify God’s call in their lives today and in the past.
Suggested *Opening Prayer
May we seek you and find you,
may we knock and the door be opened,
for we are sojourners looking for your Kingdom.
As we encounter suffering in this world,
turn our hearts, our ears, our eyes, our souls
toward Christ, who emptied himself,
and was tempted,
and suffered for us,
even giving his own life.
In this suffering, plant seeds of hope,
and let us never stray so far into despair,
that we forget the resurrection of Christ
and the power of his Spirit.
Call to Friends & Family
“Look at the beginning of Genesis, God created people to be in relationship with one another, not to be alone.”
- Draw a picture of your family.Share and discuss your picture to the group. Who is in it? Was there someone you hesitated to add? Where is God?
- How do you define family?
- “The Old Testament is rich with family stories…often times stories of dysfunctional families & that is sometimes inspiring to us. We look at the Old Testament & oh my goodness they had a lot of problems too…even divinely touched families in the Old Testament did struggle.”
Do you a favorite “family” story from the Old Testament? Share with the group what it sticks out to you.
- “He [Jesus] defines ultimate loving as lying down one’s life for their friends…I think that is the highest definition of friendship you can take away from the Christian faith & scripture.”
What does a healthy relationship look like? (family or friends) How can relationships become idols?
- Rank top five most important things to you. (what things influence your daily decisions the most)Share them with the group & discuss your lists remembering when John said, “We are supposed to love God most, God is to come first.”
- “It is not enough to only love those people who love you. If you only love your ‘family’ who loves you, you haven’t done enough…our love is called to extend to our enemies.”
What does the love we are called to share look like? Really, who does loving your enemies mean?
Suggested *Closing Prayer
you know our names; you care for us.
When we face darkness and death, walk beside us.
When we hunger for your love, fill us with your presence.
When we are fearful, feed us at your table.
May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. Amen.
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