17 Jan Discussion Guide: Awesome God Week 3
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.
The God of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
N.T. Wright, Simply Christian
“The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world … The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.”
What would you say is God’s purpose for the Church?
What kind of church do you want to be a part of?
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Mosaic’s Mission Statement
“Mosaic Church exists to make disciples of Jesus, in a multi-ethnic and multigenerational context, through the core values of worship, community, and mission.”
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
If we are walking in obedience to that calling, what kind of relationships should that produce?
How do those kinds of relationships compare or contrast with what we see happening in our nation today?
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.”
Why does life in a multiethnic and multigenerational community make those kinds of discipleship relationships challenging?
How does keeping Jesus and discipleship the main thing enable us to overcome those challenges?
“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
The word “righteousness” (dikaiosýnē) means covenant faithfulness. Jesus said this covenant is the forgiveness of sins and the new life we have through the shedding of His blood.
What does it look like to be faithful to that covenant?
If any cultural issue or experience causes us to shut down or withdraw from one another, what does that say about our faithfulness to the covenant?
How can covenant faithfulness living lead to peace inwardly, and peace with one another?
What would you say peaceful living looks like in the midst of the medical, political, economical, and racial tensions our nation is currently experiencing?
How did a Jesus model that peace in the midst of His own crisis as he prepared to head to the cross?
what does it look like, to depend on the power of the Holy Spirit in this journey we are walking on together?
In what way can this community group love you and serve you better as we seek to walk in righteousness, peace, and joy together?