Discussion Guide: You Have a Part to Play – Homelessness

Before We Get Started

For our discussion today we will be using the You Have A Part To Play discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.

Prayer

Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or  anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.

You Have A Part To Play Topics

Fame Culture. Homelessness. Creation Care.

Politics. Modern Day Slavery. Our Common Humanity

This Week’s Video

Homeless people aren’t just homeless, they are people, with lives and stories that are both heartbreaking and beautiful. But where does homliness come from? How does it affect both the city in which we live and all of us as a community? What can we do about it, and what might doing something about it do to us? In this discussion we will take a hard look at the issue of homlessness and the part God might be calling us to play in regards to it.

Discussion Questions

Honestly, and without any guilt or condemnation, what is the first thought that tends to run through your mind when you see a homeless person standing on the street corner holding a sign? Why is that?

Mother Teresa

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.”

If you know someone who is homeless, what is the reason that person is in the situation he/she is in?

How does knowing that person’s story potentially change your perception of homelessness in general?

Matthew 25:34-40

“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.’ “

Regardless of why someone is on the streets, what would you say is a Gospel-centered response to their situation?

How does the thought of responding in one of those ways make you feel?

When you look at your own spiritual condition and your need for Jesus to intervene in your life, how might that compare to the physical conditions and need for others to intervene in the lives of our homeless brothers and sisters?

Closing Thought

So then, what part do you believe God is calling you to play when it comes to loving those in the homeless community?

Text Journey Invitation

The ultimate goal here is discipleship, for us to encourage and walk with one another in our pursuit of being conformed to the image of Christ. Obviously, there’s only so much that can happen in a setting like this, so to continue in that pursuit together we are doing something we call our Text Journey. This will be a daily devotional sent to you via text and our ask is that you would partner up with someone from our community group (preferably someone who doesn’t live in the same house as you) for the purpose of talking through whatever God speaks to you or reveals to you each day. So, if you have not opted in yet you can text the word “Pray” to (855) 931-1450. If you have not partnered up with someone yet then let us know and we’ll help you get connected with someone.



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