May 10, 2020

Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message.   If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.

This exercise includes sections for Group use and for individual study.

FOR GROUPS

READ

The Scripture for this week was John 15:26-27.  Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage. 

DISCUSS

Nicole reminded us that we see the Trinity in this passage – Jesus is speaking about the Holy Spirit being sent from the Father.  What do you think it means for the Advocate to “testify about Jesus”?  In your experience, has the Holy Spirit made Jesus more known to you? And if so, in what ways?

The Holy Spirit is described as the Advocate, the Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth among other things.  These titles insinuate that this being really can make its presence known.  Nicole shared some ways that we can be present and make ourselves available to the presence of the Holy Spirit: Silence, Solitude, and Sabbath.  What do each of these mean? Have you ever had a season of life where you regularly practiced them? 

Nicole shared a fascinating line by Paula D’Arcy, “God comes to us disguised as our life.” What does this mean to you? What insights could we infer from this?

What do you think of the idea that the Divine Godhead, the Trinity, includes feminine characteristics? Do the persons of the Trinity have a “gender”?  Or put another way, does the Imago Dei (the image of God) that we are created in have both feminine and masculine aspects to it? 

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group. 

FOR individual Study

READ

The Scriptures for this week was John 15:26-27. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages. 

CONSIDER

Nicole taught on the imagery of perichoresis – the “circle dancing” of the Godhead.  This is one way for us to try to wrap our heads around what exactly is going on with the three persons of the Trinity – dancing together eternally of one rhythm and mutual relationship.  If this is the way God is, are there any lessons for us here? Is there something modeled for us?

Are there any ways you have heard the Trinity described? Have those helped you in your understanding?

At some level, there is mystery involved with the doctrine of the Trinity.  Throughout life, we often encounter beings with one “center of consciousness”.  Human beings like you and I are just one person, yet the doctrine of the Trinity is saying that one being has three persons or three “centers of consciousness”.  This is a mysterious claim in the sense that it is unlike anything in our experience. What role does mystery play in your belief system? Are you okay with mystery playing a large role?

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture. 

SHARE

Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone.  Ask what they think about some of these topics. 

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