Gathered and Scattered: Episode 1 – Discussion Guide“If you want to learn how to play chess, you should start by removing your own queen. Once you’ve mastered the game without the most powerful piece, then put the queen back in and see how good you are! Alan says, for the church, the Sunday service is our queen. We’ve been relying on it too much. Now that the queen has been taken off the board it’s time to rediscover what all the other pieces can do.” —Alan Hirsch
It’s a powerful picture of where we are right now. Our queen, our Sunday gathering, has been removed. True, we could be gathering if we really believed it was what we are supposed to be doing. But, as we shared, we have had a sense that we were to wait on the Lord; to listen and ask God what He has in mind for us in this season.
Exodus 14:14-15 | NIV14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.
God was instructing them to trust Him, telling them to be still and at the same time, to move forward. He was telling them not to be fearful. He was the one who brought them to that very place and He didn’t lead them there to leave them there.
Mark 1:16–17 NIVAs Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.”
They dropped everything and followed Him. Then they walked a bit and came across James and his brother John and He invited them to come along too. We know they already knew who Jesus was because in the gospel of John we read about John the Baptists testimony of Jesus and Andrew was there and he had started to follow Jesus. So, when Jesus comes to the dock this particular day, He was formalizing His invitation. Now look, this is the amazing part; he takes them on a quick ministry trip to Capernaum, heals people, teaches in the temple and delivers a demon possessed man.
Mark 1:30–34 NIV
Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
He was calling them deeper, to trust Him, to know His might and His power and ultimately His great love for them. Church, we believe God is asking us to reprioritize our time, energy, focus, and direction for this season. We believe this is a season of preparation and formation as we keep moving in totally unknown territory. None of us have ever been this way before.
How does my life, my rhythms and practices (and my families) reflect the shape and rhythms of Jesus’ life and his followers? In what ways does you life not reflect the shape of Jesus’ life? The way he lived UP (with the Father, spending time with him, listening, praying, worshipping), the way he lived IN (with the disciples, connecting, relating and caring for them) and the way he lived OUT (with the world, engaging with the lost and hurting that he came to save).
What do you admire most about the shape (UP/IN/OUT) of Jesus’ life?
Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost and that’s why we are here, because someone else was participating in Jesus’ mission with him and reached out, connected or expressed the love of God to us!
God has always had it in mind to put us in a family, a family that has a purpose that is greater than any one of us could accomplish on our own.
We are a family on mission with the express purpose of working with Jesus to see people saved, healed, delivered, set free and full of the power of His Spirit.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
Based on what you heard today, what do you think God might be saying to you right now?
What do you think God might want you to do in response to what He is saying?
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