Interrupted: Phase 3
Phase 3 is grounded in Matthew 25:31-46. So before answering the questions, make sure to take time to read this passage of Scripture:
The Final Judgment
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
- Jen Hatmaker writes the progression of obedience to God: First step is the mind, second step is the heart, and third step is the hands. So we THINK, we BELIEVE, we DO. She writes how uncomfortable this process became. What are your thoughts of comfortable vs. uncomfortable when it comes to faith?
- Page 92: After reading the top paragraph, I can only ask, “Thoughts?” Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have another perspective? Please share your thoughts.
- I especially am intrigued by “What if we need to go to them instead of hoping they’ll come to us?…Are they coming to us?”
- Reading the statistics on pages 92-93 can be staggering. Though statistics can be misleading, based on your experience, do you agree or disagree with her findings? Why?
- Page 94: “But no matter how you slice it, millions of Christians have left the organized church in the last twenty years, and we’re not drawing the next generation…But perhaps it would be more helpful and courageous to admit we have a problem and begin dreaming up solutions.” What dreams and solutions do YOU bring to the table?
- Page 95: I love the new but ancient innovation of going back to Christ himself and how he interacted with others, and on page 96, how Jen wrote about “the type of church Jesus would go to…” What kind of church would he go to? What would it look like? Who would be in attendance? Where would it be?
- Jen references Romans 7:6 (I am sharing verses 4-6 for some added context, though I encourage you to look it up and read it fully): Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
- What does this verse speak to you? How does this come alive and active in our lives today?
- Describe your comfort (safety) zone. What is it like for you outside that comfort zone? Is God calling you out of the comfort zone? What do you need to have in place in order to venture into the unknown?
- How many of you shed some tears after reading pages 105-106? Be honest!
- Jen writes on page 107: “[Jesus] seems to favor unmerited grace.” Agree or disagree?
- Many times, Jen quotes Richard Rohr. On page 111, she quotes again, “’We cannot think our way into a new kind of living. We must live our way into a new kind of thinking.’” What is the difference? Why does it matter? What must we do?
- What is the difference between seeing the humanity instead of seeing the need? (page 113)
- What does it mean to be a ‘barefooted church?” (page 119)
- After reading Brandon’s Take, my take-away was “Step out in faith, not knowing where that next step leads.” Agree? Disagree? What is your take-away?
- Reflect on page 127: Anything we are neglecting to do or anything we are omitting? “This parable reveals as much about the character of God as it does about the course of human affairs.”
- Jen closes with John 6:33 (I am including verse 32 also): Jesus then said to them,“Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”