Unshaken – Episode 3Download this Week’s Discussion Guide
SummaryHow do we live out our Christian faith in a way that is both faithful and sturdy when so much division, tension and feuding around us? Jesus lived and unshaken life and we see it reflected as the author of Hebrews writes about a rhythm of life, a pattern, that Jesus lived and modeled. It is rooted in our relationship with the Father, our relationships with one another, and our relationship with those who don’t yet know Jesus.
SCRIPTURES, QUOTES AND COMMENTS
Hebrews 12:28–29 The MessageDo you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!
Hebrews 13:1-2Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
Two key things to take note of here:
1.We need to keep loving one another. Our love for one another is of the utmost importance because, as Jesus said in John 13 that those who don’t yet know Jesus will know us, followers of Jesus, his disciples, by our love for one another.
2.Hospitality is a powerful way to show the love of God. It reveals the welcoming nature of God and his desire to draw all people to himself.
Hebrews 12:14–15 NIVMake every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
Raymond Brown in his commentary on Hebrews notes that:
“This exhortation may have been particularly important if, as seems likely, this local church had been disrupted by divisions, rivalries and feuds.”
Romans 12:9–10 NIVLove must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
During the message, Matt read an article from a leader of the Iranian underground church. This was meant to be received as a letter from our brothers and sisters in the persecuted church to us in the west. There were some challenging and humbling aspects to the article.
Questions:What stuck out to you most in this message and the article that Matt read?
What has distracted you over the years from making disciples?
Who taught you how to make disciples and what did you learn from them?
What might it look like for you to recommit, to renew your vows to Jesus and His Church in this season?
What do you sense God saying to you right now in response to this letter?
What would you say to the leaders of the underground church in Iran?
Take time in your Discovery Community or with a couple other people to pray for the persecuted church around the world.
What is one thing you believe God might be prompting you to do?