17 Sep Discussion Guide: The Journey Week 2
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.
This week we we continue our new series called The Journey. We are walking through the book of Hebrews and looking at what it is we need in our lives if we want to make it through the ups and downs, the good and the bad, of this journey called life. We will see that if we have Jesus and one another then the journey can also be our greatest adventure.
Who is the most amazing person you have ever known? What made them so amazing?
But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
Without naming names, have you ever known someone who you thought was amazing upon meeting them, but maybe wasn’t as amazing once you got to know them better?
Why did your opinion of that person change?
In becoming aware of that person’s flaws, did that mean the amazing parts you originally enjoyed ceased to exist?
Morgan Stephens, From Last Sunday’s Sermon
“Humility isn’t the denial of the reality of a painful place; it’s the refusal to allow the self to dominate that place, to puff up and stake out ground that doesn’t even really belong to you anyways. “
Why do you think it so difficult to remember how amazing someone is once you’ve become aware of their shortcomings and flaws?
When it comes to how we see ourselves, do we tend to highlight our own strengths or weaknesses? Why is that?
Why do you think we tend to judge ourselves based on our strengths, but judge and treat others based on their weaknesses?
How can that treatment of ourselves and others affect the relationships and community you are a part of?
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
What would it mean to embrace, come alongside of, and love not just the people we think are amazing, but the people we don’t think are amazing as well?
What does it take for us to be able to do that?
How does the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus empower us to love like that?
“The church lives in the midst of history as a sign, instrument and foretaste of the reign of God.”
How would a community that loves Jesus and one another like that provide a foretaste, or a picture, to the world of what God’s rule and reign is all about?