Dr. E. Dale Locke & Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Long Story Short
Week 4: Good Personified
1. A couple weeks ago Pastor Trevor mentioned some of our favorite villains. This weekend he asked us about our favorite fictional hero.
Tell who your favorite fictional hero is, and why he/she is your favorite hero.
2. Recite (or read) our memory verse together: John 1:45 – Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
3. We’re learning in this sermon series that the Bible has six Movements that help us understand the stories and scriptures more fully when we know these Movements. Let’s review the Movements we have covered so far: Creation; The Fall; Israel (we’ll call this People).
Has learning about these Movements been helpful to you as you consider or read the Bible? Talk about it.
4. Read James 1:22-25: 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
What comes to your mind as you read this scripture?
5. Read Deuteronomy 30:15-16 – 15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
What does this scripture tell us about the choices we make in our lives?
6. Talk about the words “obedience” and “disobedience”. How do we know how to “walk in obedience”, and how do we know when we are “disobedient”?
7. Read Psalm 16:6 – The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Now read Psalm 16:11 –
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
What do these verses in the Psalm mean to you in regards to obedience?
6. Pastor Dale spoke about the concept of exile, which means “lost, stranded, unable to get back”. For illustration he talked about the young soccer team in Northern Thailand that became trapped deep in a cave when a sudden monsoon came and drove them further and further into the cave so that there was no way for them to get out without help. They were, essentially, exiled. Have you been in a situation where you were exiled? Talk about that experience.
7. Pastor Dale said that ‘exile’ is a spiritual condition. What did he mean by that? Have you ever felt spiritually exiled? What did that feel like? What decisions were you making at that time? Share that experience if you are willing.
8. For the boys deep in the flooded cave in Thailand, getting them out meant being willing to be obedient to their rescuers. It involved going through some uncomfortable circumstances in order to be set free. In your spiritually exiled situation, who rescued you? How did you ‘get back’? Share your rescue story.
9. Read Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Now read John 1:1-4 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
And read John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
What do these scriptures tell us about who our Rescuer is?
10. The 4th Movement in the Bible is Jesus.
Come back next week to get the next Movement of the story.