In His Hands

PART 4

Mar 29, 2020

Discussion Questions

      • In His Hands, Part 4: Robert Gelinas

        Discussion Questions: March 29

        Discuss: 

        1. When you think about routines and patterns in life, do you resist or require them? 
        2. How does understanding patterns in Jesus’ life help you understand your own life?
        3. Jesus interrupted dinner to wash the feet of his disciples. The towel and wash basin are a symbol and reminder to do what in our city? Do you have a symbol to remind you what Jesus has called you to do?
        4. How does the encouragement of Martin Luther in the 15th Century to “first care for your own lives and then care for the lives of others” reach you as we are living through today’s situation?
        5. You are essential to your community. What are you aware of in the lives of those you are already connected with that can make a difference? What have you been given to give?
        6. “Are you okay?” Who would you ask and how would you answer?
        7. Have you seen beauty rise from brokenness?
        8. How can we use this time of being broken as a church to become more to each other? to our city?

        PRAYER:

        Listen to the words of the High Priestly Blessing from Number 6:24-26 and take a few moments to receive God’s blessing on your life today:

         

        May the Lord bless you and keep you,

        May the Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you; 

        May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

         

        What prayer concerns do you want to pray for today?  In your life? Your family? Your being given?

In His Hands

PART 3

Mar 22, 2020

Discussion Questions

      • In His Hands, Part 3: Robert Gelinas

        Discussion Questions: March 22

        Introduction: Has this time of “social distancing” pointed out anything you’ve previously taken for granted (such as meeting as a church community)?

        Read: 2 Samuel 4:4

        Discuss: 

        1. Pastor Robert noted that the Bible is filled with broken people, and he highlighted Jacob, Paul, and Isaiah. Can you think of other broken people in the Bible?
        2. When you think of a limp you have because of God’s breaking in your life, can you relate to Paul’s response: not liking it, praying that it end…yet also seeing how God uses it and/or how he draws you to himself in a special way because of it? (consider Paul’s reflections on his “thorn in his flesh” in 2 Corinthians 12.1-10)
        3. Have you ever experienced God’s presence or glory in a way that left you undone (as it did Isaiah, Is 6.1-5)?
        4. Pastor Robert used the analogy of cowboy breaking a horse to describe how God’s breaking can look in our lives. With that in mind, what traits or habits might need breaking in your life?
        5. What does accepting God’s breaking look like?
        6. Why do we tend to feel shame when the world breaks us?
        7. Have you seen beauty rise from brokenness?
        8. How can we use this time of being broken as a church to become more to each other? to our city?

        PRAYER:

        Consider the Serenity Prayer (which may have taken on new dimensions for you since Robert preached on it earlier this year):

        God, grant me the Serenity

        To accept the things I cannot change, 

        Courage to change the things I can,

        And wisdom to know the difference.

        Living one day at a time,

        Enjoying one moment at a time,

        Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.

        Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is,

        Not as I would have it.

        Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will;

        So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,

        And supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

        Amen.

        In Groups of 2-3:  Share one thing you need prayer for today  

          • Take time to pray for one person at a time
            • Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your time 
            • Listen to the Lord for guidance in how to pray for one another

        …and then pray….

In His Hands

PART 2

Mar 15, 2020

Discussion Questions

      • In His Hands, Part 2: Robert Gelinas

        Discussion Questions: March 14-15

        IntroductionShare the ways in which you hear people use the word “blessed.”

        Read: Genesis 27:18-29, 28:10-15, 32:22-29

        Watch: In His Hands, Part 2

        Discuss: 

        1. What happens to you when you picture yourself in Jesus’ hands being taken and blessed? In what ways are you impacted?
        2. Look at the ways in which Jacob (the “heel grabber”) tried to get blessed throughout his story. In what ways do you see yourself as being like Jacob? With God and with others?
        3. In what areas of your life do you seek God’s blessing (His approval, support, and help with success)?
        4. How have you already been blessed? Try to make a list that you can lengthen each day this week.
        5. What feelings do you experience upon realizing that you have been blessed? In what ways does the blessing you’ve experienced impact your actions?
        6. At what times in your life have you tried to bargain with God or superstitiously tried to get something from Him?

        PRAYER: Meditate on Ephesians 1:3 and the entire first chapter of Ephesians. Throughout the week, look for the ways in which you have already been blessed. Consider how you can enjoy life more knowing you have been taken into His hands and blessed already.

In His Hands

PART 1

Mar 7, 2020

Discussion Questions

In His Hands

3.7-8/20

WATCH:  In His Hands: Part 1

      • In His Hands, Part 1: Robert Gelinas

        Discussion Questions: March 7-8

        Introduction:

        Read: Matt 26:26-30, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19, Matt 14:13-17, Luke 24:30

        Watch: In His Hands, Part 1

        Discuss:  sermon link:

        1. What is your communion tradition you experienced before CCC?
        2. How do you prepare your heart for Easter during this Lenten season? (Q1 and Q2: 2:09-4:54)
        3. Took, blessed, broke, gave, have you noticed these 4 words before? How have you seen this connection to communion, Jesus on the cross, the feeding of the 5000, road to Emmaus, and in our lives?
        4. Reticular activation, have you seen these in your life in the past or in this week? (Q3 and Q4: 8:45-15:11)
        5. Do you remember the day that God chose you or you gave your? What did that look and feel like? (Q5: 16:00-18:52)
        6. What does it mean to be in the hands of God in the midst of the corona virus?
        7. Have you had any opportunities to be a witness during this time? (Q6 and Q7: 19:00-23:20)