Community Group Questions 8/5/12

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Please share whichever of the following announcements apply to your group
  • Baptism Class
    • Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward commitment to Jesus
    • If you have not been baptized or if you’re interested in being baptized, come to the Baptism Class on Thursday, August 9th at 7pm
    • During the class we’ll talk about what baptism is and how to be baptized.
    • This is the first step to take to be baptized at West Pines.
    • Write Baptism on the back of your Connection Card.
  • Students Ice Skating
    • Swinter
    • Saturday August 11th
    • 1-3pm at Pines Ice Arena
    • Cost is $13 per person
    • Don’t forget your figure skating tights and/or leotard.
  • Band Auditions
    • Auditions will be held for both vocalist and musicians on Wednesday August 22nd.
    • There will be a preparation packet given out  prior to auditioning.
    • Contact our worship director Sarah Garcia after the service for more info.

Sermon Title: NOW, Part 5: God’s Messenger

Main Text:  "God's Messenger" from the Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, Jonah 1-4, Hebrews 1:1-2


  • We often approach the Bible like it’s a children’s story with a nice little moral at the end of the story. The Bible is not a collection of stories with morals at the end. The Bible is about God and about what God has done and will do.
  • When we approach the Bible like a book of morals, we strip the actual power and importance out of what God has given us.
  • When we teach the Bible like a book of morals, we put the burden on the hearer, giving them the task of being good enough for God to love them and be happy with them.
  • The book of Jonah is not primarily about how we need to share God’s love with our enemies. It is primarily about how God has compassion on us.
  • The book of Jonah is about how God is compassionate to both the religious people (Jonah) and the irreligious (Nineveh).
  • When God loves people and sends his messenger, nothing can stop God from getting the message across.

Key Questions:

  • What is a story in the Bible you have read and you have usually go to the moral ending rather than the truth about God?
  • Why is it easier for us to approach the Bible as a book of rules rather than a picture of God’s character?
  • What benefit do we get from reading scripture as a list of rules and examples for our behavior?
  • Why do we default to teaching good manners and moral behavior rather than teaching about the character of who God is?
  • Why do you think we fall into an “us vs them” or “church vs world” mentality when it comes to God’s compassion?
  • When we desire God to be merciful only to those we love, what are we short-circuiting about the way God works?
  • If we read scripture to get a better understanding of God rather than rules for life, what are some of the benefits we will experience?

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