June 6, 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.

FOR GROUPS

READ

The Scripture for this week was Psalm 133. Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage. 

DISCUSS

Pastor Dave and Melody Ambrose had a conversation with India and Stephen Rice concerning unity in the church.  Stephen recounted watching the video footage of George Floyd’s killing by a police officer.  He pictured his sons, brother, and father underneath the knee of the police officer – and in the midst of anger over the injustice of it, he asked God to show him what he could learn from this situation.  

As we all process how to respond to these current events, what role does Anger play?  Does anger in any way reflect the heart of God, and if so, how ought we express that anger?

The killing of George Floyd has made us freshly aware of a host of issues at the intersection of race, law enforcement, community response, civility, policy change, and justice.  Take turns in your Group, without trying to soapbox or persuade others, name three things you have learned in any of these areas.  

As Stephen urged, discuss with the Group what you believe God is revealing in your own heart.  Is there anything practical that you are being led to do in the wake of these events?

Psalm 133:1 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” This sounds great, but we have the assess whether we are actually living in unity.  Are we? Your criteria for when unity is occurring will influence your answer – how ought we discern whether we are, in fact, living in unity?

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 were Psalm 133. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages. 

CONSIDER

India reminded us of the story where Jesus breaks barriers of discrimination by talking to the Samaritan woman.  She pointed out that this took place in Samaria – Jesus intentionally went out of his way to reach this person.  India then challenged us to consider how we might follow Jesus’ lead here.  What would it mean for us to intentionally go out of our way to reach a marginalized or discriminated people group?  Can you think of some practical behavior that you could do in the coming weeks to step into this?

For those interested in studying the imagery used in biblical passages, underline the words or phrases in Psalm 133 that are unfamiliar to you (maybe “Aaron’s beard” or “dew of Hermon”) and do a quick Google search to find out what they refer to.  Once you’ve done that, what do you think these metaphors are trying to communicate about unity?

As it relates to current events, try to write in 30 words or less what you believe “Justice” is.  What are three ways that you think your country upholds justice well, at least according to the characterization you laid out?  What are three ways it doesn’t uphold justice well?

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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