As our small groups begin a study of the book, “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” the weekly study questions are going to mostly focus on this book. Each week I’ll try to adress some connections between the sermon and the book, but I want to reward all the good do-bee’s who are doing their homework, so I’m going to try and draw lots from the book.
To find a link which will allow you to download this book for free, or to watch or listen to the sermon, go to http://fellowshipholden.com.
I think I might begin the practice of emailing a thought, question, or interesting point from “The Stranger” every few days. Whether you attend Fellowship or not, if you’re in a small group or not, if you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment to this post requesting it, I’ll add you to the email list.
“Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” is a really outstanding book. It’s an exploration of the whole bible from the perspective of looking through the lense of what we know about Jesus. It doesn’t dumb anything down, but it also doesn’t get it’s head lost in the clouds. It’s particularly useful for filling in the gaps in the scriptural knowledge of long-time Christians or giving new Christians a powerful, big-picture overview.
At any rate, here’s the discussion questions for Fellowship Church’s small groups on February 8ths sermon and the first chapter of “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus”
1. Elijah experienced some things that many of us go through. We look for God in the huge and so-called miraculous, but fail to see him in the quiet and every day. Can you share any stories from your own life or others lives that illustrate this idea? What are some ways that God is in the quiet and every day that are easy to miss?
2. Another thing that we often do is feel sorry for ourselves because we think we’re the only one following God. God often demonstrates that we are far from alone, despite our feelings. How have you seen this dynamic played out?
3. Marty described God as the ultimate friend. The ultimate friend would sit with us through pain, would have our backs, and tell us the truth in love. Chapter one of “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” states the meanings and purpose of scripture. In what ways does the bible demonstrate that God sits with us through our pain? In what ways does the bible demonstrate that God is with us? In what ways does the bible demonstrate that God speaks the truth in love?
4. Read Luke, chapter 24 outloud. This scene is dramatized on pages 5 and 6 of “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus.” What are some differences between the scriptural account and the one written by John Cross? In this chapter of scripture, what are some ways that Jesus fits Marty’s description of the iddeal friend: some one who suffers with you, who provides for you, who protects you, and who speaks the truth in love?
5. The beginning of the book states that it’s important to know how the whole of the bible works together. How well would you say you know the bible as a whole? What portions do you know the most about? What portions do you know the least about? Do you spend much energy working out how the whole bible fits together? Is there any specific questions that you hope would be answered for you if you got a better understanding of how the whole bible fits together?
6. Chapter 1 states that we ought to focus on the important themes of the bible. Can you list 3 themes that you feel are the most important in the entire bible?
7. Did you find anything surprising in chapter 1? Did you disagree with anything in chapter 1? What was the part that effected you the most or that you most agree with?