Advent III: Floods of Mercy - Repentance

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

Have you ever relied on heritage, tradition or culture for your Christian identity? What are the dangers of this?  What are some positive things?

What are you afraid of that might keep you from turning around and changing direction?

What kind of fruit is there in your life that would bear witness to your being in God’s “current?” 

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This Week’s Text:  Luke 3.7-18

Additional Texts:  Matthew 3.7Isaiah 1.10-18Zephaniah 3.14-20Luke 15.11-32

Teaching LinkAdvent III: Floods of Mercy-Repentance 

For Further Study:  Sinners in the Hands of an Angry GodJonathan Edwards

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

Read the Luke passage.  Who are the people that make up the crowd (look at Matthew 3.7 as well.)

John says "God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham."  What does he mean by this?  What is the danger of having grown up in the church, around religion, with a lifelong faith heritage?  What might be the challenge of repentance in this instance?

John gives specific things that the people can do to show repentance.  What are they?  What do they have to do with what Isaiah says in 1.10-18? 

What does God say in vs 18 in the Isaiah chapter?  What do you think that means?  What is your reaction to this?

In the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15.11-32) the son returns to his father's household, but in shame, expecting to rejoin the family as a servant.  His shame is contrasted with his father's reaction.  What is the contrast?

Repentance is often times associated with fear and shame.  How have you thought about repentance in the past?  Knowing that God is for us, loves us, and is rooting for us to turn to him should make a difference in the way we think about repentance. Discuss that idea.

Read and discuss the questions at the top of this page.