Discussion Guide: We Were Made for This Week 8

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.

Prayer

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.

 

We were made for healing.

Discussion Questions

What does it mean for something to be healed?

James 5:13-15

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” 

Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

You have made for Yourself, O’ Lord, and our hearts is restless until it finds its rest in You.”

 Why do you think extended moments of prayer is something so few people seem to practice in their lives?

Why do you think prayer is important for us to commit to as followers of Christ?

How might prayer bring healing into your own heart and soul?

What role do you think prayer plays in the healing of another? 

 

James 5:16

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Lee Strobel

“Few things accelerate the peace process as much as humbly admitting our own wrongdoing and asking forgiveness.”

In what ways does confession lead to healing, both within the person confessing and within the community of people around him/her?

Why is confession so difficult to do?

What does that indicate about our hearts? And, how does that thing in our hearts produce the brokenness in our world?

What makes confessing our sins to one another possible?

James 5:19-20

“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”

2 Corinthians 5:18-20

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

If the Gospel is true, how might that motivate our hearts to spend more time in prayer. 

How might it provide us with the courage to confess our sins?

How might it give us the compassion to forgive those who have wronged us?

How might prayer, confession, and forgiveness in our lives bring healing to the brokenness we see in our world today?

Closing Thought

What is one next step you feel you need to take to see this kind of healing come into, and flow to others through, your life? (spending more time in prayer, confessing something to someone, forgiving someone for something) 



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