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Every week, it’s our goal to provide you with some questions to process the message deeper, either personally, or with a small group. Here are some questions for you to consider from part four of the WORTHY message series, “From Hostility to Family”.
TALK IT OUT
1) In a world where there are such deep political, societal, and ethnic dividing lines (nothing new — the “us versus them” mentality), what can we learn by first being quiet, introspective, and looking inward before even one word (or social media post/comment) is made? REMEBER, before we ever do the work of the Gospel, the Gospel has to do a work on us.
2) Broad public name-calling and shaming are commonplace today. Case in point: the Nike ad fever from this week. What can we learn from scripture as Paul tackles this topic (“the uncircumcision” and “the far off”)? What is the best way to respond with people, cultures, and even thinking that is different than yours?
3) Is it helpful to consider the perspective of the Gentile? What if you were the orphan kid from Pastor Shawn’s illustration this week? You were “far off”. You had no hope. You were considered “less than”. Jesus’ response is “I want you! I purchased you, too!” Even though “the nations” did nothing to deserve or warrant it.
4) Think about the “dividing wall of hostility”. God takes two disparate parties and not only brings them together, with humility as the seedbed, but He makes them one! How can humility open up healing and restoration opportunities between those who are different than you?
5) Stop and read through this list of what it could mean to come in humble. How are you doing at making humility the seedbed of unity?
– When I’m humble, I can come in listening and not loud.
– When I’m humble, I can come in with empathy and not entitlement.
– When I’m humble, I don’t come in to talk bad about people, I come in to speak life to people.
– When I’m humble, I don’t come in with a critical spirit, I come in with a contributing one.
6) The grounds for our unity is our humility, but the goal of our unity is glory. Jesus gets more glory when we get along. Think about this the other way around. What is the world’s view of the church when we are in dis-unity?