Discussion Guide: The Story of the Bible Week 10

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Today’s Discussion

This week we continue our series The Story of the Bible. Many of us may know some Bible stories, but we may not actually know the story of the Bible. Over the next couple of months, we will be walking through the overarching story of Scripture by looking at the 9 main acts of the story: Creation, Catastrophe, Calling, Covenant, Crown, Corruption, Captivity, Christ, Cross, Church, and Consummation. Our goal is to come away with a better understanding what the Bible, and history, are really all about, and the impact that has on our lives as a people. Today we will talk about the Cross.

Discussion Questions

Tell us the story of how you came to be involved with Mosaic?

Matt Clark, Walking the Shoreline

“So many times growing up I would share my testimony like many people who grew up in church. You would hear powerful stories of people who came out of sexual or drug addiction, wandered super far from God and came back, or had a miracle bring them to their senses. And then when your time to share came, it would be something like:

“Oh you know… I grew up in church. Kind of a boring story”.

My high school chaplain challenged me on this one day, and he said “Matt, what was Jesus’ testimony? He was a Sunday School boy too, and He was the most influential man to ever live”.”

What was your church experience like as a child/teenager, and how did that shape your view of God and of church? 

1 Peter 2:9-10

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

What would you say is God’s design for the Church?

What does it take for a local church to succeed at achieving that design?

Who’s responsibility would you say it is to accomplish that task?

Mark 2:16-17

‘And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” ‘

What makes fulfilling God’s design so difficult at times?

How might we overcome those obstacles?

As you’ve probably experienced, Mosaic is a bit unique as a local church. What part of Mosaic seems to challenge you the most?

How can we, as part of your community, help you grow through those challenges?

Closing Thought

Let’s take some time to pray for the Church in Austin, for Mosaic as a local church, and for this coming Sunday’s service.

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