Raak deel van ‘n Kleingroep en gesels saam oor die reeks: Welcome to Wanderland

PART 2: SHOW AND TELL

INTRODUCTION

We wonder because our frames of reference don’t provide us with all of the answers. Every version of religion works for children. But then life happens. We experience challenging circumstances that sow doubt in our childhood faith. Tragedy causes us to question if God is good and loving. Sin leads to guilt and shame. We wonder if God can really love us. Is there such a thing as a frame of reference that can accommodate a grown-­‐up faith?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 

  1. Was faith important in your life growing up? To what extent did those childhood experiences influence your adult faith?
  2. In what ways do you tend to look at life through the window of your own insecurity? How might your life be different if you were completely confident in God’s love for you?
  3. Read John 14:1–11. In what ways does your adult frame of reference cause you to struggle to accept Jesus’ promises in this passage?
  4. During the message, Andy said that God sent Jesus to stand with us so we wouldn’t wonder where we stood with him. Does your relationship with Jesus leave you assured of where you stand with god? Why or why not?
  5. On what is your faith currently fixed—your circumstances, the Bible, keeping religious rules? How do you think that might limit the depth and richness of your relationship with God?
  6. What is one thing you can do this week to fix your eyes on Jesus? How might doing so begin to change your frame of reference?

MOVING FORWARD

If  you  list  faith,  what  was  that  faith  fixed  on  and  fastened  to?  A  church  that  dismissed  science  or  mislabeled  people?  Religious  rule  keeping?  A  version  of  God  that  wouldn’t  let  bad  things  happen  to  good  people?  Don’t  abandon  faith  because  you  once  used  the  wrong  frame  of  reference.  Instead,  fi  your  eyes  on  Jesus.  

CHANGING YOUR MIND

“If  you  really  know  me,  you  will  know  my  Father  as  well.  From  now  on,  you  do  know  him  and  have  seen  him.”  John  14:7  

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