Train – Part 5 – BLESS Rhythms
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, June 21, 2020
What intentional steps can we take to bless others?
Life Group Study Guide – From June 7, 2020
Come join in!
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!
When was the last time you moved to a new place? How did it feel? How did you try connecting with your new neighbours? Did you experience anything from your new neighbours that made you feel welcome and at home in your new place?
1. How central do you think it is to the mission of Jesus for His followers to get to know the people in their neighbourhood?
2. Read Luke 10:1-12. What stands out to you from this passage?
3. In these verses, Jesus instructs his followers on how to move the mission forward. It can be summed up with the acrostic B.L.E.S.S. Begin with prayer, Listen and engage, Eat, Serve, and Story. How similar does this sound to what you have thought it means to follow Jesus today? On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you with praying for neighbours, listening to them, and eating with them? Why? On the same scale, how would you rate yourself in doing it? Why?
4. Read Luke 10:1-4 again. Jesus teaches us here how to begin with prayer. Talk about how these verses lead us to pray for a greater vision, personal urgency, and courage to get involved even when it could be dangerous.
5. Read Luke 10:5-6, Luke 19:1-6. Here Jesus teaches and models a valuable evangelism strategy – praying and looking for a person of peace. A person of peace is someone who likes you, is open to your mission, wants to hang out with you, wants to serve you in some way, and has influence with people you likely would not reach on your own. It was obvious that Zacchaeus was a person of peace for Jesus. Have you ever identified a person of peace in your experience? Have you ever thought of praying for and looking for a person of peace as a next step in moving the mission of Jesus forward? Talk about what this does or could look like for you.
7. What do you think of Rob Wegner’s comments, “Jesus was a listener. Why? Because people listen to people who listen. Jesus had a way deeply listening to people that drew them out.” And “Jesus is showing us that there is something about sharing a meal that reveals something of what God’s kingdom is like, a display of flavour and feasting, fellowship and fun… Jesus and his disciples ate with people that the religious experts of his day saw as outsiders, tax collectors, pagans and prostitutes. Eating together moves us in a relationship past acquaintanceship to friendship.”
8. What would it take for you to begin to put train yourself in these rhythms of begin with prayer, listen, and eat? Could this become part of your weekly routine?
9. How could being part of a Life Group help you do this?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?