September 25, 2016- Sermon: “The Other Side of the Gospel” (Jeremy Spainhour)

September 25, 2016 at 1:09 pm Categories: News, Sermons

 

 

Text: Ephesians 2:11-22

Discussion Questions: Be sure to discuss questions from both categories (Growing Deep & Branching Out). Skip some from ‘Growing Deep’ if you are short on time. Click here for more info about the purpose behind the questions.

Growing Deep: 

  • Did you learn anything new in the sermon or from this passage of Scripture?
  • Something that wasn’t covered in the sermon was that Paul said the way Jesus “broke down the dividing wall of hostility in his flesh” was “by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances” (cf. Mt. 5:17; Gal. 217-21, esp. v. 19). What do you think that means?
  • Have you ever experienced the feeling of inner hostility–with reference to God, others, or just an aimless sense of restlessness? How have you found rest and peace?
  • What conversations have you had or overheard or read this week about the conflicts in Charlotte and Tulsa? How does this text/sermon inform you thoughts on race relations and surrounding conflicts in our nation?

Branching Out: 

  • There were three areas the sermon suggested the Church ought to consider its mission to ‘break down dividing walls of hostility’: international, social, and personal.
  • International: What is the Church’s role in showing hospitality to immigrants as it relates to Christian mission (cf. Deut. 10:17-19; Mt. 28:16-20; Acts 1:8)?
  • Social (racial, political, economic, etc.): What do you think it means to be “peacemakers” (Mt. 5:9) in our nation? How can we be advocates for people without compromising our convictions. (What do you think about this example–warning, there is some explicit language. Watch at your own discretion.)
  • Personal: Richard Rohr once said, “If we don’t transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Are there walls in your world–in your home, your marriage, at your place of work, in your network–that you have built as the result of inner hostility / pain that you have transmitted because you weren’t about to let Christ use it to transform you? Are there people you need to ask for forgiveness from or extend forgiveness to?
  • Pray together about how to walk out in the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:11-21), breaking down the walls that Jesus died to destroy.