10 Jan Discussion Guide: Awesome God Week 2
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series 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.
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.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue our series, Awesome God, as we join thousands of Christians from our Every Nation family around the world who are also taking a look at the different names and attributes of God and the impact that has on our lives. As we start the year by fixing our eyes and our hearts on who God is, we believe it will also help us to be who He has called us to be in the midst of our very difficult and challenging cultural moment in history.
El Shaddai: The Lord Almighty
Rosalynn Smith, Awesome God sermon excerpt
“Beneath the revelation of one’s special attributes or helpful qualities the receiver hears a quiet invitation to connect… The greater the revelation the louder the invitation.”
Why do you think this is true? Why does someone revealing more about themselves invite us into a deeper connection with them?
What are some things that keep us from revealing ourselves more deeply to others?
Why do you think that is?
“God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.”
With everything associated with Jacob’s name, what feelings do you think might have come to the surface when God said, “Your name is Jacob?”
Why do you think God wanted to bring those feelings back to the surface in Jacob?
How might God want to use our past failures and mistakes, and the shame we feel as a result, to help us better understand who He has called us to be?
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
“For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
How does having our identity rooted in Christ, and His redemption of us, impact the way we relate with others?
What should a community of people rooted in their identity in Christ look like?
What impact might that kind of community have on the current state of our city/nation?