Words: Story

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

How aware are you of your life as a story?  Are you content with the role your character is playing?  What could you do to change that?

How much anxiety are you experiencing over the uncertainty of the story you are in?  What are some ways that you can embrace the journey?

Who do you share the journey with?  How could the other characters in your story encourage you?  And you them?

 This Week’s Texts: Psalm 61.1-3Revelation 21.1-6

Teaching LinkWords:Story

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

For Further Study:  The Monster at the End of this BookJon Stone

Discuss the following:

What was your favorite story when you were growing up?  Why?  Looking back, as an adult, can you see some more profound meanings in it than when you were a child?

There is a bigger story that we have the opportunity to be a part of...

Read Psalm 61.1-3.  What does it mean to be led to the "rock that is higher" than yourself?

In what ways have you been a part of something bigger than yourself?  What affect did that have on your life?

One of the most significant aspects of the biblical text is that God is constantly inviting people to participate in history with him.  In what ways do you feel like you are participating God's bigger story?

There is more to a story than its ending...

 A lot of emphasis is placed on our eternal destiny in American Christianity.  While this is certainly important, what danger might exist if this is the extent of the story?  

We have all heard that the journey is as important as the destination.  How might this apply to your spirituality?

Respond to this quote:

"Journeys where the outcome is already known are not adventures, they're errands.  And you were created to do more than run errands."

-Jon Accuff 

Hope is knowing that we are a part of God’s story and there is an end that draws us to it...

Read Revelation 21.1-6.  What stands out to you in this description of the world transformed by the partnership between God and those whom he has invited into his story?

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