12 Jul Discussion Guide: We Were Made for This Week 7
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 Were 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.
How have the last few months affected, or interrupted, the plans you had made at the beginning of this year?
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
“Thus says the Lord : “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord .”
Why do people boast in what they perceive to be their “strengths?”
Where do you think that need to feel significant, to feel in control or in power, come from?
How does that need for control, or significance, affect our lives? The lives of others?
What allows us to give up that need for control and significance?
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word ‘love,’ and look on things as if man were the center of them,”
What does it mean for God to be sovereign?
2 Corinthians 5:8-10
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”
Yet, in light of God’s sovereignty, the Bible clearly tells us that we are also responsible for our choices and actions. How can we reconcile those two Truths?
How might the dichotomy of those coexisting Truths actually bring more peace into our lives than if only one of those things were true?
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.”
What might it look like for us to be both fervent, and patient, in our response to this moment in history?
How does the impending return of Christ help us emotionally, mentally, and relationally in that fervency and patience?