Sept. 17 - Read Genesis 22:1-19.

1. "Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost you your life." What implications does this have for the way way you participate in your own life and in the world?

2. The idea of Abraham being "tested"...all the while with the promise that "the Lord will provide." Are there ways you've felt tested? How easy or hard is it to trust in God's provision in his free gift of Jesus? How does the way we experience our testing impact the way we interact with our surroundings each day?

3. How in the world to we "bless the one" who we love and also the one we don't? The one we'd rather not be around, the one who annoys us? How do we bless without enabling or living complicity?

4. Recall Pillar's story of reconciliation. How or in what ways do we continue to live out a reconciling reality--as individuals, as a church? Name specific implications of responding to the "here I am" in your life and the world.

 

Sept 25- Gen. 27-28

 

1. "Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go." Jon asked, "Does anyone want this promise in their own lives?" Do you? How? What does this look like in our own lives and in our community?

 

2. Jon grappled with God's promise to Jacob. This is evidence that God's promise can and will show up in pain and to imperfect people. What can we make of this? Is it calming? Alarming? Both?

 

3. Jon asked, "When was the last time we were afraid of God?" When was this moment? What does it mean to "fear God" for that matter? Does it have implications for the way we live out our faith in our communities?

 

4. "The practices of tribalism and racism run deeper than the practices of the Christian faith." Jon quoted this from last week's lecture at Western Seminary. What does this look like in our city? Do you think there are allegiances or practices in our community that run deeper than our Christian faith? How do we begin to reconcile this dilemma?