The author of Hebrews encourages us to “Consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” In his book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer states that “The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.” But as Aaron said on Sunday, we often fall into the trap of assuming the worst about each other, of being judgmental, of having a critical spirit, and even doubting others’ intentions—especially in the Church. And the worst part is, we usually feel justified in doing so. So how do we become a church of people who have such love for each other that we can’t help but make Christ known to the community around us?
Have you ever been truly alone? Was it an enjoyable experience?
As David shared on Sunday, as followers of Christ we have been given a second chance – rescued from death, disobedience, and destruction. We have a new destiny – life, love, and heaven. This new destiny is completely from God alone, not through our own effort. In giving us a new destiny, God designed us to carry out His good works. How do we help out @HOME?
Share with your group any significant “before and after” events in your life.
Read Ephesians 2:1-3. Paul reminds the Ephesian church of their former spiritual state – dead in their sin, and unaware of that condition. What do you imagine your life would look like if you were left that way? How is your life different now that you have been rescued by Christ’s sacrifice?
John chapters 13-17 are often called the “Upper Room Discourse”, when Jesus is observing the Passover meal with His disciples. The discourse begins with Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, and ends with His high priestly prayer. In the midst of this discourse He uses the picture of a vine to describe the relationship between His Father, Himself, and believers, and directs us to abide or remain in Him. What does this look like as we hang out @HOME?
Besides Jesus, what do you think is the most powerful depiction of love in a book or in the movies?
Read John 15:5-17. Discuss your first impressions from this passage.
When most people hear the word “church” they usually think of a building. However, the church is NOT a building – it IS people. The “Church” encompasses all those who are a part of the Body of Christ (Jesus-followers). The “Church” is our true HOME.
What was your family known for growing up? How was your family different than the church – the family of God?