Discussion Guide: The Story of the Bible Week 7

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Today’s Discussion

This week we continue our series The Story of the Bible. Many of us may know some Bible stories, but we may not actually know the story of the Bible. Over the next couple of months, we will be walking through the overarching story of Scripture by looking at the 9 main acts of the story: Creation, Catastrophe, Calling, Covenant, Crown, Corruption, Captivity, Christ, Cross, Church, and Consummation. Our goal is to come away with a better understanding what the Bible, and history, are really all about, and the impact that has on our lives as a people.

Discussion Questions

How would you define identity?

Consider this quote from today’s sermon: 
 

Eugene Peterson, Run With the Horses.

“My identity does not begin when I begin to understand myself. There is something previous to
what I think about myself, and it is what God thinks about me. That means that everything I
think and feel is by nature a response, and the one to whom I respond is God. I never speak the
first word. I never make the first move. Jeremiah’s life didn’t begin with Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s salvation didn’t begin with Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s truth didn’t start with Jeremiah. He entered the world in which the essential parts of his existence were already ancient history. So do we.” 
Does the thought that your identity is not defined by you (but by God) comfort or challenge you? How so? Can it do both? 
Can you identify past or present “responses” to God about your identity? 
Leader Notes

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Consider also Moses in Exodus 3:17 when he argued with God over the call on his life.

Exodus 3:17

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
How have you argued with God over who he has created and called you to be in your own life? To what result? 
Why do you think God chooses us to do things that we think impossible to do in our own strength?
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Closing Thought

Consider the thought from today’s sermon:
“To do  justice, in the Biblical sense, is to go where the tear is happening and to “reweave the world.”
 
Are there tears that you see that you feel powerless to help “re-weave?”  Discuss as a group concrete, practical ways to minister to “tears” that may seem out of our reach to “reweave.” Consider the idea that it may include simply doing for one what we would like to be able to do for many. 
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