28 Jun Discussion Guide: We Were Made for This 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.
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 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.
What is the most life-giving comment someone has ever said to you? Why was it so meaningful?
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
What does it mean for our tongue to possess the power of death and life?
Have you ever brought ‘death’ to someone with your words? How?
Have you ever given ‘life’ to someone with your words? How?
John Dryden, 17th Century English Poet
“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.”
What do our words reveal about us?
“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.”
What did Jesus’ Words reveal about Him?
What did He accomplish with the words He spoke?
Is it possible for our words to have that effect? If so, how? If not, why not?
1 John 4:17-21
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”
What role do you suppose fear plays in the hurtful and hateful things that come out of our mouths sometimes?
How might the love of Christ help to change the ways we speak to others?