Sunday 7/24 - Saturday 7/30
Choose how you'd like to do Warm Ups + Getting Started:
- As a large group. Best for groups of 7 or less.
- Split into men's & women's groups.
- In Trios. Break off into same-gender groups of three.
1. Share your high moment of the week.
2. Share your low moment of the week.
3. "Would you rather live on an ocean vessel for a year or on a space station for the same amount of time?" - Would you Rather (Fields, 1995)
4. How has God shown up in your life this week?
Note for Leaders: You don't have to do every question listed. Choose the best ones for your group!
- Has someone ever taken the blame for you?
- Share a time when you had to take the first step to mend a relationship.
- What stuck out from Pastor Michael's sermon on Sunday?
- Read Philemon 8-21.
- Watch this N. T. Wright sermon on Philemon, from 0:00 - 5:14.
- Any thoughts on the video?
- If we only had the letter of Philemon, what would we know about Christianity?
- Paul asks Philemon to charge Onesimus' debt to himself, much as Christ asks the father to charge our sin to His account. We are God's Onesimus. The Jeremy Camp song "Overcome" says "He never sinned, but suffered as if He did." Read and reflect on Romans 5:6-11.
- Onesimus' name means "useful." By running away, he was not living up to his name. Most people in that culture would have considered him useless - having no worth. Look at verse 11 - how does Paul restore Onesimus' dignity? Why does he do that?
- The Gospel does not eliminate Onesimus' responsibility to return to his master. Yet, it completely changes their relationship. Philemon may take Onesimus back as a slave, or he may free Onesimus - but no matter what his social status is, he must treat Onesimus as a brother. How do you think their relationship changed from that point forward? What does it teach us about how to treat others?
- In Philemon, the Gospel redefines the relationship between slave owners and slaves. It makes them brothers because they are equally sons of God. Read Galatians 3:23-29.
- While Paul doesn't directly attack the institution of slavery in this letter, would be the long-term effect on that institution if everyone accepted Paul's message in this letter?
- What other relationships can be mended when we realize that we're all sons/daughters of God?
- What example does Paul set for us in how he uses his authority in this situation?
Optional Worship Song
- If you'd like, you can sing one of the following songs as a group. Be sure to turn up the volume so that less confident singers feel comfortable.
- Check out our LIFEGroup playlist at songs.stjohnsdenver.org
- Please remember to pray for your non-Christian friends and neighbors by name! Also, Click here for suggestions on how to keep your group prayer life fresh and vibrant!
Serve Our City
- Has your group planned an opportunity to serve our city for this semester? Click Here for a list of Service Ideas!
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