#1 Watch or Listen to "We Are Because I Am (Part 2): There's No 'They' In Team"
Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here: http://bit.ly/1gCDfNL
Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]: www.vimeo.com/rrcoc
What stuck out to you as interesting?
Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?
#2 Here For You
Consider the following quote alongside Jesus' words in Mark 2:16-17.
"We somehow think that the church is here for us, we forget that we are the church and we are here for the world." -Erwin McManus
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Do you ever feel like the church exists for you? Does it? (This is a real question. Be willing to consider multiple layers of truth.)
How do your expectations of "the church" shape the way you interact within it/participate in it? You might make a list of your expectations and then consider how those expectations might be sabotaging your "church experience."
On Sunday Justin said sometimes we can mistakenly feel as though “the church” exists entirely apart from us.
Have you ever found yourself thinking that way? Have you ever stood on the outside critiquing the church instead of pitching in to make a difference? Share.
- Why is it so easy to do that?
- What might help us and/or others have a more collaborative attitude?
#3 What Do You Want?
Fill in the blank in the following sentence as many times as you can:
I want to be a part of a church that ____________________________.
Now brainstorm a list of things you can do to BE that church.
#4 Look Out
Read Philippians 2:3-4
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
How do we do this in church? What does it look like to "value others above yourselves" or "not look to your own interests"?