Phase 2: The Horror of Actually Changing
We see a church that inspires people to learn and live the example of Christ. We believe that true inspiration will come when people see an honest image of Jesus’ life and teaching.
Value: The greatest command is to love God and love others.
Key Verse: Luke 22:14-27
- Have you snapped over something as trivial as a banana before? Why or why not? What was the outcome?
- Now, have you been that angry with God before? How did you come to peace with God after that?
- Jen writes, “I was convinced of the need to change my mind, but what came next was actually changing my mind, and I don’t envy God that task.” (page 48) How do you move from KNOWING something to actually DOING it???
- From page 50, can you relate to Jen’s thoughts on “old” vs. “new?” How are we different from non-believers? What changes do we need to make to be set apart?
- “Truly, Jesus never fit in…” Are we following in our Savior’s footsteps? (page 51)
- “Jesus was transforming the untransformable.” (page 54) What seems untransformable in your life? Do you have faith that Jesus can transform even this?
- “Jesus desired with desire to offer His body, His blood, this bread, this cup.” Reflect on these words. How does this affect and/or impact you?
- Page 56: What is the biggest difference for your mindset of “do once” and “do continuously?”
- On page 57, Jen writes, “Become broken and poured out for hopeless people. Become a living offering, denying yourself for the salvation and restoration of humanity…Mercy has a cost: someone must be broken for someone else to be fed…” As sung by Audio Adrenaline, will we truly be the hands and feet of Christ?
- In some of the darkest moments in my life, I can look back and see the safety net that God put in place to save me. I was not protected from the pain, but I was protected from death itself. That safety net included MANY people. Some of them are still in my life today, and some have moved on. Even so, without them, without the love and mercy of our God, I would not be here today. Who in your life was broken so that you might live? Have you been broken so others might see Christ through you? (reflect on page 58)
- Who did Jesus die for? Describe Jen’s struggle through the answer to this question.
- What is the difference between empowering and enabling? Why does this matter?
- “Our holy Savior advised us well: humans must treat the wheat and weeds the same. We are only qualified to administer mercy, not judgment, because we will pull up many a beautiful stalk of wheat, imagining him a weed.” (page 63-64) Why do you think it would be so easy to confuse weeds and wheat? Reflecting on these words, what is God speaking to you right now?
- Brandon’s take: “I opened my mind to consider not what I was doing but why I was doing it.” What is the difference?
- Walk yourself through Brandon’s encounter that day at the car dealership: If you were in his shoes, what would you have done, felt, experienced? What runs through your mind even now as you think about this?
Don’t forget to read the second half! We’ll discuss that next week.