June 21st, 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.
The Scripture for this week was Matthew 26:36-46. Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage.
At Heartland, we have begun talking more and more about Both-And thinking. It is something we think is pretty unique about the way we do things. Both-And thinking sees things that are in tension and asks how they can both be true or each have nuggets of truth., rather than immediately approaching things with Either-Or thinking. Jesus practices Both-And thinking in this passage; he says both, “If it is possible let this cup pass from me” and “Yet not as I will, but what you will.” What’s the apparent tension here and how does this demonstrate Both-And thinking? What is valuable about this instance of Both-And thinking?
Dave asked us to identify one area of our life in which we will decide to say, “Not my will, but your will be done, Lord.” Which area of life, for you personally, do you find it most difficult to do this? Which area do you find it relatively easy? Why is that do you think?
Dave’s Big Idea for the morning was, “Learning to die to ourselves is the best way to experience the life God has for us!” We see evidence for this in the way Jesus lived. In what ways did Jesus “die to himself” and live a fully surrendered life? What is something we can do to follow his lead?
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
The Scripture for this week was Matthew 26:36-46. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages.
Dave shared a quote from James Finley, part of which was, “Our true self is a secret self, hidden in and one with divine freedom.” This language implies that we have a true self and a false self. If Finley is right here about what characterizes our true self, what is the false self like? What characterizes it? Is there something general that afflicts all of our false selves? What are some specific ways that you personally false present to the world?
Dave reminded us of a parallel account in the Gospel of Luke where it says of Jesus, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” How would you interpret this? Do you think Jesus literally had blood coming out of his pores due to the intensity of his prayer – or is there another way of interpreting this? What do you make of it? What is the significance of this passage?
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.
Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone. Ask what they think about some of these topics.
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