I think I’m going to post, a little later, about what an amazing service today was. The discussion questions follow.
If you click this link it’ll take you to the portion of the Fellowship Church website dedicated to video feeds. Once you get here, click the button on the top of the screen for services on demand, then click the “February 1” button.
It’ll be so worth it. The music and sermon were exceptional today. And I think that Marty, Al, Steve, and Billy consistently do an outstanding job anyway, so I don’t bandy the term “exceptional” lightly.
1. Marty stated that there are several reactions Christians have historically had to culture. The truth is that most of us probably respond to different aspects of our own culture in all these ways.
What are some aspects of culture that you condemn? What sorts of good has come from this condemnation? What sorts of bad has resulted from this condemnation?
2. What aspects of culture do you critique? Do you commit what Marty called “The Academic Fallacy”… Do you sometimes act as if analyzing a thing means that you understand everything about a thing?
3. What aspects of culture do you copy? Is there anything that you simply put a Christian veneer on top of in order to fool yourself or others into thinking your doing something holy?
4. What aspects of culture do you simply consume?
5. How can you move from condemnation, critiquing, copying, and consumption into redemption? What does it look like to redeem culture?
6. We can treat more than just culture this way. In fact, we can treat people this way to. We might be most tempted to do this with people who are not Christians. Do you tend to condemn people? Do you tend to critique people? Do you simply copy them? Consuming a person might be simply using them for whatever they can do for you with out considering there need for Christ. Do you consume them? How can you move from treating people this way to redeeming them?
7. What does the word “redemption” mean to you? How have you heard the word used in churches? In what sense does God do the redeeming? In what sense does He want us to do the redeeming?
8. What do you think of the idea that Adam and Eve were meant to be stewards of the Earth? What would the Earth look like today if we followed this expectation? What do you think God thinks of your daily actions toward the environment? (For example, how does God feel about how much you consume, recycle, etc.)
9. Why do you suppose God wants to redeem the Earth through us?
10. Have you followed Marty’s challenge to assess your consumption? What conclusions do you come to when you do this? What should you change? How can you make these changes; what can the group do to support you in this.