In collaboration with Advice & Aid, we are collecting Thanksgiving groceries for local families. Stop by the lobby and pick up a shopping list and bag to fill, or apply for your own family or a family you know to receive a bag. Filled bags due Sunday, November 13.
TAKEAWAY: What idea was new to you in this Sunday’s sermon?
OPENING UP: What in your life has the ability to give you a false sense of security or “untouchability”?
DRAWING CONNECTIONS: How does your understanding of the gospel change or become deeper when you understand the reality of judgment? With this question in mind, read Colossians 2:13-14 and discuss.
CASE STUDY: Let’s say your political party or ideology lost all power and the opposite party or ideology gained a monopoly of political power. Then imagine that that political party or ideology governed with disgusting injustice and a total lack of wisdom and ran the country into the ground. Would it matter if you had a confidence in God as the ultimate judge as you lived through that? Why or why not?
LIVING IT OUT: What might be practically different about our lives now if we took the reality of judgment seriously?
PRAY. Make sure to pray for our new president-elect and other newly elected officials, regardless of who that may be.
"It takes the quiet of a suburban home for the birth of the thesis that human nonviolence corresponds to God’s refusal to judge. In a scorched land, soaked in the blood of the innocent, it will invariably die. And as one watches it die, one will do well to reflect about many other pleasant captivities of the liberal mind." - Miraslov Volf
"I think that my disaster really began when I looked up one day and the bench was empty...No judge in sight...and all that remained I realized was the endless argument with oneself...this pointless litigation of existence before an empty bench...which is of course another way of saying, despair…" - Arthur Miller, After the Fall
"People are not comfortable with God in their lives. They prefer something less awesome and more informal. Something, in fact, like the pastor. Reassuring, accessible, easygoing. People would rather talk to the pastor than to God." - Eugene Peterson