1) Do you see God primarily as a “promising” God or a “commanding” God?
2) In what ways do God’s promises to David resonate with our deepest longings?
1) What’s your gut reaction to the idea of a “holy” God?
2) Name an experience or situation that’s most likely to cause you to dance spontaneously. How does it compare with your experience of God?
1) What makes it hard for you personally to grief losses in your life?
2) How might David’s example help you face grief differently this week?
1) How might this story of a rescuing, generous, judging King impact the way you approach the coming week?
2) Do you have questions or objections about the idea of God’s “judgment”?
What is the sin of racism? Is it simply an attitude of superiority toward those of another culture, or the use of derogatory “slurs,” or the segregation of public places based on race? Or something more? All too often, we talk about it, live with it, accuse others of it, or clear ourselves of culpability for it, without a strong understanding of what racism actually is (and isn’t). In this seminar, we will explore the meaning of racism according to scripture, distinguish various “types” of racism, and identify examples from daily life in our fallen world.
1) Think of someone who’s been treating you like an “enemy”? Why has it been so hard to love them?
2) Why should we love our enemies? How does this story teach us to handle opposition and the impulse to retaliate?
1) What’s your picture of the ideal friend?
2) How does the friendship of David and Jonathan compare with our common notions of “friendship”?
Our church is observing Black History Month as one expression of our mission to grow as a cross-cultural community. And Black history includes the personal histories of our Black brothers and sisters, that is, their own stories of faith, identity, grief, and glory. On Sunday, February 12, our sister Arielle Ford was invited to share one such testimony during our worship service. This is a recording of her powerful words.
1) Where do you detect envy in your life today? If you can, name a specific person (or kind of person) you envy.
2) How does the self-giving friendship of Jesus begin to heal the envy of our hearts?
1) What are some fears you’re struggling with today? In what ways do you fail to be courageous?
2) How does knowing that Jesus slayed the ultimate “giant” begin to give you strength before your fears?