GOD Is – Part 5 – “On Mission”
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, March 29, 2020
God is on a Mission. What is ours? Are we ready? And if so, what is that mission?
Life Group Study Guide – From Mar 29
God is: On Mission
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You are invited to connect virtually to Life Group Live on Wednesdays @ 7pm. Find us on YouTube or on the Brookside Facebook page. Let’s dig deeper with our online family! Bring your questions and insights!
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Read Mark 10:42-45 and Luke 19:10. For Jesus, being on mission meant that He came to serve rather than be served, give rather than take, and rescue (seek and save) rather than abandon us to our fate. Jesus’ commitment to the mission cost him his comfort, his freedom, popularity, reputation, and ultimately his life through a cruel and painful execution. At no time did Jesus pull back, give up, or opt out.
What does it mean to you that God the Son was willing to leave the comfort and security of heaven to sacrifice in this way to rescue you and others?
3. Of the three principles that Jesus displayed here, which do you find the most difficult to put into practice? Why?
4. Read John 20:21. In this week’s teaching, pastor Greg talked about three implications for us as we face this growing pandemic:
- The mission hasn’t changed – our calling is still the same, only the terrain has shifted. We are still called to make fully engaged disciples who love God, love one another and love the world (see
Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8)
What are you doing right now to grow in and express your love for God? Love for the church? And love for the world?
How has our current isolation affected your ability to do this?
- Adjust to new realities – There’s no point withdrawing and wishing things were like they used to be. Things have changed, and some things will never be the same again. If the mission matters more, followers of Jesus will view the new realities through the lens of the mission… (see 1 Corinthians 9:19-27)
What are the biggest challenges and changes we are facing right now? How can we adjust to stay true to the mission of Jesus?
- Look for opportunity in the uncertainty – God often uses the worst to bring out our best. This crisis is a huge opportunity for us to display the glory of God by the way we love and serve others (see 1 Chronicles 12:32; Colossians 4:5-6)
In the midst of all the uncertainty, what opportunities to serve others for the sake of the kingdom do you see personally? What opportunities are there for our group? What opportunities are there for us as a church family?
5. How can we help and support one another in following Jesus’ example of living on mission in this world?
If you’re meeting virtually, consider breaking into triads (gender-based huddles of at least 3) for the Stretch and Pray times… so you can talk and pray candidly.
You might want to ask for general prayer requests while still all together, and then share more personal ones in your triad.
Jesus said, ‘As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.‘
(John 20:21). What can you do today to more fully embrace the mission of Jesus?
What is God saying to you from His Word? What are you going to do about it?