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Metanoia: Going Deeper Questions

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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 this week’s message, “Metanoia” with Pastor Patricia Messer.

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  • Metanoia, a transliteration of the Greek μετάνοια, means, after-thought or beyond-thought. With meta meaning “after” or “beyond” (as in the modern word “metaphysics”) and nous meaning “mind” (as in the modern world “paranoia”). It’s commonly understood as “a transformative change of heart; especially in a spiritual conversion.”[1] The term suggests repudiation, change of mind, repentance, and atonement; but “conversion” and “reformation” may best approximate its connotation. [2] In The King James Version of the Bible, its verbal cognate metanoeo/μετανοέω is translated as repent.
    • Have you heard the word Metanoia before this message? If so, where, and in what context?
    • What kind of “Metanoia” encounters have you had with God? How did they change you?
    • If you haven’t, or know someone – a Christian – who hasn’t had this type of encounter, why do you think that might be?
    • How do you think Christianity has been helped – or hindered – by interpreting the word metanoia as “repent” or “repentance”?
    • Do you feel that humankind is able to change their hearts without this type of God-centered mental reformation?

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