Discussion starters

Sunday 17 November
Preacher: Josh Jones

Proverbs 29:18
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Luke 7:1-10

  • We are all a mixture of Walls and Bridges mindsets. If you listen closely to your thoughts and our words, do they reveal a tendency to think in terms of barriers and walls? Words like ‘us’ and ‘them’ – ‘Christian and ‘Secular’ can cultivate a mindset that shuts out the possibility of God working in unlikely people – like Roman oppressors.
  • Jesus responded to the spiritual bridge of love and compassion exemplified in the Roman Centurion by walking towards him to bring healing. Can you think of examples of how you can respond to these spiritual bridges in culture today? What might this look like for you individually and as a church to create pathways for engagement?
  •  U2 are an example of how the Spirit of Christ can work in surprising ways, like the wind blowing where it wants to blow. Where else can you see God at work in the world in surprising people and places?

Sunday 10 November
Preacher: Gareth Jones

1 Chronicles 22:11-16
Ephesians 4:11-16
Matthew 13:1-17

  • What do you make of the stats that Gareth shared about the state of today’s Church in NZ? How do you respond when you come across stats like this? What message do you take from them?
  • Jesus’ parables stand out to us as a brilliant way of communicating the Way of the Kingdom, to people who may be resistant to religious messages. Which is your favourite parable and what have you learned about God and yourself as you’ve read it?
  • One of the new ways of the Spirit is to raise up ‘new’ creative artists to share something of who God is. Which creative artist has spoken most deeply to you and why?
  • What would you describe your creative talent or gift as being, and how would you like to see it expressed?

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