As a group, how would we together define “love” and “wisdom,” and describe our need for each, in thoughtfully declaring the good news of Jesus, especially to those who don’t know him?
As we talk about acting, sharing and declaring our love for others through sharing with them what is most important to us, let’s remember that we rely on God the Spirit to give us the right words for any non-believing friends, and that he does so in his timing. And as we said last week, we must remember and celebrate that it’s only God who can produce any fruit in our displays of the gospel.
In what ways do you feel you're hindered from declaring the gospel? How can we encourage and help each other overcome those barriers?
What do you think of the quote Pastor Brennan read from C.S. Lewis's Weight of Glory?
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, ikt is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
As we consider love and wisdom, let’s celebrate God’s goodness and encourage each other, by sharing a) some of the ways he has displayed his love to you, though others in the group, and/or b) ways you see his wisdom at work through your interactions with others.
Especially related to helping each other carry out God’s mission of making disciples, are there any commitments your group needs to make to each other, as you pursue “regularly rehearsing the gospel” in each other’s lives together? What commitments can you make to each other to encourage you along in sharing the gospel with your friends, neighbours, family, and co-workers?
Finally, prayer. This is where the discussion ends, but where the 'work' really begins. Pull out a pen, paper, phone, just something to take notes on. What from the discussion tonight can you lift up in prayer? Do you need to begin with confession for any of this? Are there names you can write down, or fears you hold that you can pray against? How do you long for God to work in your heart and through your life to build his kingdom? In Luke 10:2 we have a command to pray earnestly. What is this command seeking to show us and cultivate in us? Take time to pray this for your family, friends, co-workers, and neighborhood. Remember, you are already part of the answer to this prayer!