Words: Passion

Sunday's Reflection Questions:

Think of a time when you had to do something out of obligation.  What are some feelings (positive and negative) you have about it.

Now think of a time when you got to do something you loved.  What did you feel then?

Do you know what your deepest passion is? Your greatest gift?  How can you find that out? Can we help you with that?

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 This Week’s Texts: Joshua 22.5-6Psalm 105.42-45Jeremiah 20.9,Matthew 21.28-31,John 1.1-2I Corinthians 1.22-25

Teaching LinkWords:Passion

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

For Further Study:  On Rhetoric, Aristotle, 350 B.C.E., Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of HomerRembrand an Rijn

Discuss the following:

Aristotle tells us that there are three essential components of a persuasive argument:  Ethos-establishing the credibility of the speaker; Pathos-appealing to the emotions of the hearer; Logos-appealing to evidence.  During this election season, we have on display all of these rhetorical pieces.  Talk about ways you have seen each, lately.

From the Greek words ethos, pathos, and logos, we get our words "ethics," passion," and "logic."  In terms of service and ministry, these words can be thought about in the following way:

Ethics-We serve out of duty and obligation.  What are the benefits of this kind of service?  What are the negatives?

Passion-We serve out of our deepest joy.  What are the benefits of this kind of service?  What are the negatives?

Read the parable in Mathew 21.  Which brother do you most identify with? 

The prophet Jeremiah describes the feeling of not being able to follow his passion.  What are some of the images he uses?  Discuss with the group, if you feel comfortable, the thing you get most excited about.  Is there a ministry at Trinity that could use that energy?  If not, is there a way of using that passion in a new kind of ministry that has yet to be started?

Logic-the way that our experience matches up with the way the world works.  Read the I Corinthians passage.  Paul talks about the difference between the wisdom of God, and the wisdom of the world. What ways have you witnessed that in your faith journey?

The opening of the Gospel of John describes Jesus as the logos-the "logic" of God.  What does that mean to you? 

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