Discussion Guide: A Prayer For – Week 5

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.

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.

This Week’s Topic

Today we continue our new series called A Prayer For…where we will be taking a look at the book of Psalms to learn not just what to pray, but how to pray. We see all through the Psalms a rawness, an authenticity, and a passionate love for God’s presence and God’s heart regarding the brokenness of the world around us. Over the next 6 weeks we will journey together as we focus on developing a life of prayer and seeking God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Today’s Topic

A Prayer for Our City

Discussion Questions

How did you come to Austin, and where do you see God’s hand at work in that story?

Genesis 4:17

“Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch.” 

Proverbs 11:10-11

“When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, and when the wicked perish there are shouts of gladness. By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, but by the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.”

Dr. Timothy Keller, Why Dod Made Cities

“God designed the city to release human potential, to shelter the weak, and to compel spiritual searching.”

What is one thing you enjoy about living in Austin, or the Austin area?

What is one thing you don’t enjoy about living in Austin, or the Austin area?

What do you suppose is God’s purpose in people forming cities?

What relational opportunities has living in Austin presented you with?

Leader Notes

Here’s a link to a great article by Dr. Tim Keller on God’s purpose for cities.

https://forcharlotte.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Why-God-Made-Cities-Tim-Keller.pdf

Jeremiah 29:4-7

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

 

What would you say are some broken areas in our city?

What would you propose could be a possible solution to that brokenness?

How might you see yourself, and/or our church community contending for and seeking to provide that healing?

In what way should we be praying for our city?

Closing Thought

What is one thing we might be able to do as a community group to seek the welfare of our city? How can we make that a reality?



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