Discussion Guide: Awareness Test

PRAYER

Take the first few minutes of your time together to listen to what God is doing in one another’s lives and pray for any specific needs people in your group may have.

Today’s Discussion

This week we heard from Pastor Wendell Williams for our New Year’s Eve service. Wendell talked about being aware of the things we ought to be aware of and not letting the distractions of this world keep us from what’s truly important. In this discussion we will talk about just that. What is God calling us to focus on and how can we, as a community, guard our hearts from being distracted. 

Discussion Questions

Tell us about an “Ah Ha!” moment you’ve had in life. What did that moment show you?

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John 8:3-11

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” 

How did Jesus catch the Pharisees off guard?

How did Jesus catch this woman off guard?

Has Jesus ever done something that caught you off guard? If so what?

What did that moment show you?

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Juan 8:3-11

‘Los escribas y los Fariseos trajeron a una mujer sorprendida en adulterio, y poniéndola en medio, dijeron a Jesús: “Maestro, esta mujer ha sido sorprendida en el acto mismo del adulterio. Y en la Ley, Moisés nos ordenó apedrear a esta clase de mujeres. ¿Tú, pues, qué dices?” Decían esto, poniendo a prueba a Jesús, para tener de qué acusarlo. Pero Jesús se inclinó y con el dedo escribía en la tierra. Pero como insistían en preguntar, Jesús se enderezó y les dijo: “El que de ustedes esté sin pecado, sea el primero en tirarle una piedra.” E inclinándose de nuevo, escribía en la tierra. Al oír ellos esto, se fueron retirando uno a uno comenzando por los de mayor edad, y dejaron solo a Jesús y a la mujer que estaba en medio. Enderezándose Jesús, le dijo: “Mujer, ¿dónde están ellos? ¿Ninguno te ha condenado?” “Ninguno, Señor,” respondió ella. Entonces Jesús le dijo: “Yo tampoco te condeno. Vete; y desde ahora no peques más.”

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C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

“You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

What did it take for Lewis to experience God’s surprising grace?

Why do you think people, including us, so often miss what God is wanting to do in our lives?

What can we do to be more prepared to not miss what God is wanting to do in our lives?

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Closing Thought

 

What should we be looking for God to do in and through us as a community in 2018?

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