06 Sep Discussion Guide: Back to School – If This Then That
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 celebrate our Back 2 School service. We know students, teachers, and faculty are experiencing something they have never had to deal with before in starting back to school. Then again, we are all having to process through experiences that are unprecedented in our day. With these moments come pressure, stress, frustration, anger, and just mental and emotional fatigue. How can we make it through? We can make it through only by remembering who God is and what God has done.
If This, Then That.
Whether you are a parent, student, teacher, or school faculty member, how has your back to school experience been and how are you feeling about it right now?
If you are not involved in school in any of those capacities, how have the last few months left you feeling and why?
“So when the people set out from their tents to pass over the Jordan with the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people, and as soon as those bearing the ark had come as far as the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the brink of the water, the waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away…And the people passed over opposite Jericho. Now the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firmly on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel was passing over on dry ground until all the nation finished passing over the Jordan.”
“When all the nation had finished passing over the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, “Take twelve men from the people, from each tribe a man, and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’” that this may be a sign among you… When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord . When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.””
Why do you think the Lord wanted Joshua to build this memorial?
How do you think seeing those stones in the following months or years would have impacted the Israelites when life got hard and times were tough?
What impact do you suppose the visibility of those stones and the stories that followed had on that next generation of Israelites?
From scripture, what do we know happened to future generations of Israel who forgot what the Lord had done for them?
“The thoughtful believer recalls God’s faithfulness in the past when confronted by any new threat. Part of spiritual maturity is strong sense of one’s own history.”
Can you remember a time when God has shown up in a significant way in your life?
When you think back to that moment, how does it make you feel?
How might remembering that moment help you in what you are going through today?
“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
How does the “blood of the Lamb” enable us to overcome the pressures, stresses, and pain we experience in life?
Let’s take a moment to pray for our students, teachers, school faculty, and/or one another in those areas where we need hope and peace.