Week 4 Devotions and Questions

The main thought for this week is how to work through the concept of love and judgmentalism.

Work through the questions in the back of the book this week.  But before you do that spend some good time talking about how the church (our church) can appear to be judgmental.

1,) What things should we discern are right and wrong?

2.) How should we go about holding people accountable to those things?

3.) What things have been a source of "judgmental" thoughts in the church that should not have been (clothing, language, appearance, etc.)?  Why do/did people find these things important?

Finally, how would you empatheticly bring correcting love to someone?  Would you?

Week 3 Devotion and Questions

I hope you are enjoying the devotions from "The Jesus Creed."  I also hope that the Holy Spirit is growing you in the Word as you continue to study and discuss with others.

Scot continues to explore and expand the depth of what it means to love.  This expansion has certainly challenged me in ways that have made me uncomfortable and caused me to have to think outside of my typical safe box.  Day 15 in particular caused me the most "angst" as I am always challenged in how to work with others who do not believe as I do even when that work is bringing Christ's love to others.

1.) What has been the most challenging day for you in these devotions and why?

2.) How has the church contributed to Dan Kimball's findings about people who love Jesus but not the Church?  (Day 13).  In other words what has the church done to cause such a view?  

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3.)  Who is needy in our community and how can you help them?

Week 2 Devotion and Questions

In your group, read through Luke 10:25-37.

This is the parable of the Good Samaritan and it contains the Jesus Creed.  In this case its a lawyer who quotes the creed to Jesus.  This brings up a lot of interesting points.

First, read Luke 18:18-27.

What is similar about the question of the lawyer and the rich young ruler?

Why do they ask about eternal life and not "how do I get to heaven."  (Answer for discussion...the goal salvation and forgiveness was never to be saved for heaven, but that through God's will being done through His people, heaven would be on earth.  Hence, "The Kingdom of Heaven has come near to you.")

In the question from the rich young ruler, what causes the young man to not live out what Jesus gives to do?

In the question from the lawyer, what causes the lawyer to not live out what Jesus gives to do.

How do we love those who we do not like?

What if God did not keep coming after us with His love?  What if Christians stopped going after people who do not know the love of God?  What if we allowed our righteousness to get in the way of those who do good but do not know Jesus?  

For more discussion questions be sure to go to the back of the devotional book.  We are in the week after the 1st Sunday in Lent before the 2nd Sunday.

Week 1 Devotions, Questions, and Thoughts

I hope you are looking forward to the next six weeks and the growth in God's Word which we will all be on.

I plan to post a video each week on Tuesday or Wednesday to supplement our study and be a guide for discussion in your groups.

Unfortunately, I am not able to get the video out before Thursday this week, so I am going to go ahead and post some questions and I plan to get the video up by tomorrow.

Discussion Questions:

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9

1.) What are the commands of this text?

2.) Think about the fist word and how also it became the title of this creedal statement (shema / hear).  What is important about hearing and listening first both as it pertains to our relationship with God and also with others?

3)  What is Love?  Read 1 Corinthians 13.  The author's definition of love is "unconditional regard for a person that prompts and shapes behaviors in order to help that person to become what God desires."  In connection with 1 Corinthians 13, how does this definition plat out in our ability to love others.  How does it play out in our ability to love ourselves...in other words, do we love ourselves enough to "become what God desires?"

4.) Would making the commitment of saying the 'Jesus Creed" help you in life?

5.) Talk about the rest of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and discuss how in today's world we could accomplish what is commanded by God (ie. Teach these things to your children, talk about them, write them down in your house).  Try to dig deep into effective ways in this day in age to actually do this.  Finally, why would God command His people to do this?