11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation
ephesians 5:2 (MSG)
Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
Reflect on the Verses
Take a moment to read through the passage slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.
Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through these texts?
Engage with the Message
- What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?
- In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?
- In what ways is the Church navigating an "identity crisis"? What do you think God might be doing in the Church in this season?
- Have you ever felt misunderstood, mis-categorized, or mistreated for your faith? How do you think the beatitude we looked at today relates to us within our cultural context?
- Jesus gave two reasons that his followers can celebrate when they are mistreated for their commitment to him. What were they? What kind of encouragement do they give to you?
- How does "Culture War Christianity" impact our witness in the world? What do you think drives it? How do you think Jesus would respond to it?
- Pastor Tamille talked about 3 ways that Jesus invites us to re-orient the way we think and live out love. The Radical Love that Jesus demonstrates is 1) unconditional rather than selective, 2) a free gift rather than a commodity, and 2) an unlimited resource rather than a limited resource. Which of these re-orientations resonated with you the most? Why?
- Do you believe that love is the most powerful agent of change? Why do we tend to think that violence and anger are more powerful to create change in the world? In what situations have you seen love motivate change in a way that violence or anger wouldn't have been able to accomplish?
- How is God inviting you to fearlessly live out the way of radical love today?
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