07 Jun Discussion Guide: We Were Made for This 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
Today we continue our new series titled We Where Made For This. We will be studying through the book of James. James was the brother of Jesus who came to be one of His most devoted disciples and the leader of the church in Jerusalem. What would inspire a man to worship his own brother as God and follow Him to his own death? The same thing that can inspire us to follow Jesus with that same fervency. What was that? What did James come to realize? Let’s find out together as we take a look at what God has made us for.
Growing up, what was the primary message of the Gospel you were taught or heard?
How might that focus have impacted your view of the world?
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
What would you say is the correlation between what we claim to believe and the things we do?
How might a misunderstanding of this correlation skew our witness and/or work in the world?
“Behold, the Lord ’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”
What does it mean to be lost from God? What does this lostness produce?
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”
What does it mean to be lost from ourselves? What does this lostness produce?
“These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain an advantage. But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.”
What does it mean to be lost from each other? What does this lostness produce?
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.“
What does it mean to be lost from creation? What does this lostness produce?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.”
Which of these four “losts” has most affected you? How so?
How does the love of Jesus as seen in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension bring healing into that area of your life?
What are some “works” we can do as a community group to demonstrate our faith and bring healing into these areas of lostness in our city?